110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Sep 23, 2013 - 2:47:14pm
Leaving young children unattended in a car isn't a good idea, and it can result in criminal charges against the parent or caretaker.
That's what happened early Sunday morning, Sept. 22, Volusia County sheriff's deputies said. They charged 25-year-old Jordan Caraway of DeLand with child neglect. Deputies reported Caraway left a 3-year-old child alone in a pickup while he drank at Dixie's Gentlemen's Club on the north side of DeLand.
A deputy was called to the bar at 1:44 a.m. by witnesses who said Caraway had been in the bar drinking for 20-30 minutes, the Sheriff's Office reported.
Caraway told deputies that he had left another man to watch the child while he was in the bar.
However, an employee at the club told deputies that both Caraway and the man who he claimed was watching the little boy were in the club together drinking alcohol for approximately 20-30 minutes and the child was left alone in the truck.
The employee removed the child from the truck and brought him inside the bar to wait for law enforcement to arrive. When deputies got there, "the boy was crying hysterically, he had grease and dirt on him and his clothes were dirty," the Sheriff's Office reported.
The club's manager told deputies there were reports of a child left in a truck earlier in the evening, but when employees went to check, the truck was gone. It returned around 1:15 a.m., the manager said.
Caraway was charged with child neglect, a felony, the Sheriff's Office said. He posted bond of $500 and was released from custody, a Volusia County Branch Jail booking staff member said.
It's not the first such case this year.
On March 3, sheriff's deputies charged 30-year-old Cheryn Scaggs with child neglect after a patrol deputy drove by Shotz Sports Bar & Grill in DeBary just after 2 a.m. The deputy noticed a crowd in the parking lot, and stopped to investigate. According to the Sheriff's Office, the deputy learned that an intoxicated Scaggs had asked other bar patrons to help her get home. Once outside, the other bar patrons saw two girls, ages 1 and 4, in the back seat of Scaggs' sport utility vehicle.
"The deputy noted the vehicle was not running, and the temperature outside was about 30 degrees," the Sheriff's Office reported.
Witnesses told the deputy Scaggs had been at the bar since midnight, and had walked outside a few times, but none of the witnesses realized the children were out there.
Scaggs was charged with two counts of child neglect. The case has not been resolved yet.
According to state statutes, a person who neglects a child without causing great bodily harm or injury commits a felony of the third degree. The offense is punishable by up to five years in jail.
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