Police arrested a Gainesville, Florida, couple after they allegedly left their 9-month-old baby on the side of the road after an argument Thursday.
AJC reports that just after 2 p.m. that day, Angela Bumbalough, a convenience store clerk, reportedly found the infant on the side of Old Cornelia Highway in Rabbittown, Florida, according to Hall County sheriff's Deputy Nicole Bailes.
"The boy was strapped in the car seat and had a bottle and a jar of Vaseline in the seat,” Bumbalough told Channel 2 Action News on Friday. “Beautiful baby boy."
She called 911 to report the abandoned baby and cared for him in the convenience store while she waited for officers to arrive.
Approximately 10 minutes after Bumbalough first spotted the boy, his mother, 33-year-old Heather Demonia, returned to the gas station looking for him, according to Rare.us. Once she realized that the infant was in the clerk's care, she demanded that Bumbalough give the baby back to her.
Since Bumbalough did not know if the woman was actually the mother, she refused to hand him over until police arrived. The boy's father, 30-year-old Thomas Broome, arrived at the gas station shortly after.
“During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the child was left on the road as a result of a domestic dispute between the child’s mother and father,” Bailes said.
From the couple's explanation, officers determined that the two took their child out of the car and set him on the side of the road while they argued with each other. At the end of the disagreement, one left on foot, while the other left in the vehicle, and neither took the baby with them.
The child did not sustain any injuries from the incident and is currently in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services.
Investigators charged Demonia and Broome with reckless conduct; however, the Sheriff's Office noticed signs of neglect on the child, and they will likely pursue additional charges.