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Florida woman faces eviction for taking in toddler grandson

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Updated: Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 3:26 PM

A Florida woman is facing eviction from her mobile home for taking in her 1-year-old grandson after his mother was no longer able to care for him.

Donna Souza could get kicked out of her retirement community, the Pine Have Mobile Home Park in Bradenton, Fla., because of a strict rule prohibiting kids from living there.

“I’m scared. I’m terrified. Not for me but for my baby,” Souza told WFLA, referring to her grandson, Bryson.

Souza took in the child because Bryson’s mother was battling drug addiction and could no longer take care of him.

Donna Souza is being evicted from her Florida home after she took in her 1-year-old grandson because she lives in a retirement community where children are not allowed to live.

Donna Souza is being evicted from her Florida home after she took in her 1-year-old grandson because she lives in a retirement community where children are not allowed to live.

(WFLA)

“I don’t want to put him in foster care. He doesn’t deserve that,” Souza told the local affiliate.

She was given a six-month notice to sell her property but still hasn’t found a buyer with 30 days until her deadline, she told WFLA.

“I’m doing everything in my power to honor (the rules). It’s just I can’t go into the streets with the baby.”

Donna Souza was given six months to sell her mobile home and hasn't found any buyers with 30 days left until her deadline. 

Donna Souza was given six months to sell her mobile home and hasn’t found any buyers with 30 days left until her deadline. 

(WFLA)

When reached by WFLA, the mobile home park owner Mike Hickmann said he is just adhering to the retirement rules policies.

He said that her had given Souza verbal warnings about living with the baby before she voluntarily signed an agreement to sell the home in six months.

“Other residents have complained about this, we’re trying to follow the rules that are in place for all not just for one,” he said.

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