110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Dec 16, 2013 - 4:09:31pm
UPDATED 12:30 P.M. TUESDAY, DEC. 17 — Sheriff's Office spokesman Gary Davidson released a brief statement: "After interviewing witnesses and investigating the facts and circumstances of yesterday’s incident, it has been determined that no criminal charges are applicable to the baby’s mother."
Meanwhile, Ralph Garlick Jr. remained in custody at the Volusia County Branch Jail.
PREVIOUSLY REPORTED — A man who reported finding a newborn baby outside a convenience store in DeBary in the wee hours today, Monday, Dec. 16, was charged later this morning with lying to deputies.
Ralph Garlick Jr., 53, said he was in the area of the DeBary Food Mart on South U.S. Highway 17-92 when he heard the baby's cries, and found her — a newborn, with the umbilical cord still attached — wrapped in newspaper. Garlick said he then picked her up and found a towel to wrap her in. Garlick flagged down a newspaper deliveryman, who called 911 at 2:22 a.m.
Deputies took custody of the baby, and paramedics checked her over before transporting her by ambulance to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando. Doctors there said the baby appears to be in good condition.
Investigation revealed more to the story, Sheriff's Office spokesman Gary Davidson reported.
Investigators said Garlick's girlfriend gave birth to the baby a little earlier in the morning at an Orange City apartment complex. The baby's umbilical cord appeared to have been tied off with a shoestring.
Garlick, who initially identified himself to deputies as Charles Garlick, using the name of his dead brother, admitted during questioning that he fabricated some information, Davidson said.
Garlick said he's not the father of the baby.
"Garlick said that he was trying to bring the baby to a safe location because his girlfriend didn't want to keep it," Davidson said.
Garlick was booked at the Volusia County Branch Jail on two misdemeanor charges — giving false information to a law-enforcement officer during an investigation and resisting arrest without violence — with a total bond of $5,000, where he remained later this morning.
The baby's mother was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, where investigators were interviewing her.
The baby will be turned over to the Florida Department of Children and Families.
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