Flakka Smoking Mother Charged With Child Neglect After Losing Baby

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A mother in South Beach, Florida, has been charged with child neglect after losing her 1-year-old daughter while under the influence of an dangerous new drug called "flakka."

On April 30, a police officer found an unattended baby in front of a building, crying and shivering, according to a Boynton Beach police report obtained by Local 10 News.

The officer attended to the baby for roughly five minutes before a woman came running to them, crying and screaming, “my baby!”

The woman was the child’s mother, 20-year-old Qushanna Doby.

Doby told police she did not know where she was or how the baby came to be in front of the building.

The child had a diaper full of feces and urine, and officers noted that it seemed “as though she had not been changed for a long time.”

Doby admitted to police she had been smoking flakka.

Flakka is a synthetic amphetamine-like stimulant that causes “excited delirium,” reports Forbes. It contains alpha-PVP, which was banned and labeled a Schedule 1 drug by the U.S. DEA in early 2014. The compound is similar to that in bath salts.

Doby told police what she remembered before losing track of her baby.

The mother and her child were allegedly driven by a friend to a hotel in Delray Beach, Florida, but left because a man there wanted to have sex with Doby, the police report states. Doby then walked to Walmart, where she waited for a ride home.

At Walmart, a truck approached her and asked if she wanted a ride. She declined the offer and, after noticing the truck circling the area, decided to go inside the store because she felt scared. A woman in Walmart offered to buy Doby food, but she lost the woman in the store and went back outside, "where she fed the child some bacon cheddar chips and put Sprite in her baby bottle for her to drink."

Doby does not remember what happened next, except that she woke up in front of a Dunkin’ Donuts without her baby.

Doby was booked into jail on a charge of child neglect. Plans are underway for the child to be placed in the care of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Sources: Forbes, Local 10 News

Photo Source: Local 10 News