Crime

Mother Abandons 2-Year-Old Child In Parking Lot

| by Alex Scarr
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A Florida woman was arrested after she allegedly tried to leave her 2-year-old son in a restaurant parking lot.

Amber Warner, 31, was charged with unlawful abandonment of a child after she asked a pair of strangers to take her young son, according to WPTV.

Warner reportedly approached a couple as they were leaving a Vero Beach restaurant and asked if they could take the boy from her. Warner initially told the couple she had found the boy, but as the conversation moved forward, Warner admitted “she just couldn’t take it anymore."

When the couple seemed unwilling to take care of the boy, Warner left the boy at their feet, got into her vehicle and drove away without him. The couple was able to get partial license plate photos from Warner's truck and quickly called 911.

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"Yeah we just had some woman drop a little kid off," the caller told a 911 dispatcher. "I have some pictures of the front of it and the side as she took off and tried to get the license number on the back." 

Police worked with the given vehicle information and found Warner at her home, where she was arrested under suspicion of unlawful abandonment of a child. She was also charged with resisting arrest without violence during the car ride from her home to the local police station.

The child was turned over to the Department of Children and Families and appeared in good health, according to a Facebook post from the Vero Beach Police Department.

"It pulls the heartstrings and you hate to see that," Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey told WPTV. "You’d like to see them reunited one day but if they can’t be and it’s best for the child that’s unfortunate but maybe at end of the day it’s what’s best for the child or children."

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Warner was released on bail after she was arrested and charged.

According to the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse, willful abandonment of a child is considered a third-degree felony in Florida. A third-degree felony is punishable by up to five years in prison, five years probation and a $5,000 fine, according to Florida trial lawyer Richard Hornsby's website.

The NCPCA's mission statement is to protect and "reduce the number of children victimized and exploited by assisting prosecutors and allied professionals laboring on behalf of victims too small, scared or weak to protect themselves."

Sources: WPTV, Vero Beach Police Department/Facebook, Richard Hornsby, P.A., NCPCA (2) / Photo credit: radcliffe dacanay/Flickr

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