Deputies: Home of teen arrested for ‘kill list’ had feces, urine, roaches, crack cocaine

(As originally published with bells and whistles, Mon, March 14th 2022, 11:30 AM EDT)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (WPEC) — The arrest report for the mother of the 14-year-old girl arrested for having a ‘kill list’ reveals the deplorable conditions that the teenager lived in at her home.

A St. Lucie County, Fla., sheriff’s deputy reported he went to their home last Tuesday evening, March 8, to search for any weapons that could’ve been used to carry out the school threat.

Instead, “We observed the living room with all kinds of items spread out all over the couches.” Then, it got much worse.

According to the report:

“As we made entry into the [girl]’s bedroom, we can smell the odor of animal feces and urine. Once in the bedroom, we observed roaches all over the floor, walls, in the animal cages, and on the animal food. We also observed a small dead lizard in a tank that had been there for a while, according to [the girl]. The [girl]’s bed was also covered in what appeared to be dried up animal feces on her mattress.”

The report did not mention what sort of animals had been in the house.

Next was a spare bedroom. “I observed an empty animal cage on top of the dresser, a number of miscellaneous items all over the floor and the bed, as well as a dirt[y] carpet.”

Then, they went into the girl’s bathroom and the kitchen.

The deputy wrote, “We observed a dirty sink, toilet, and the bathtub with roaches and animal feces all over. The bedroom floor also had empty bottles all over. We made my way into the kitchen and observed a pile of dirty dishes, as well as a dirty floor. I opened the refrigerator door and found that it has not been kept up, and the same goes for the freezer.”

Then they got to the mother Brooke Hinkle’s bedroom.

The report said, “I asked Brooke if we can search her room, and she said ‘yes.’ As we made our way into Brooke’s bedroom, I observed the ceiling dirty around the ceiling fan, but the rest of the room was somewhat clean. I went into the bathroom located in Brooke’s bedroom, observed a pipe that is used to smoke crack cocaine. As I went back into the common area to photograph [something], [the other deputy] observed crack cocaine located on a shelf in plain view. Also recovered in the suspect’s bedroom were a number of pipes that are common with smoking marijuana.”

They said Hinkle, 40, told them she bought the crack in Fort Pierce “for approximately $60.00, and had used crack cocaine three hours prior to our arrival.”

She was arrested and taken to the St. Lucie County Jail and charged with child neglect, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities said the investigation started with an anonymous tip about a threat involving West Gate K-8 in Port St. Lucie, last Tuesday afternoon.

Deputies said school faculty told them about a list of eight juveniles’ names on [the girl]’s phone that she had labeled as a ‘kill list.’”

The girl is charged with making threats. The arrests were announced Thursday.

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