Woman rides with baby in the back of a pickup truck
POSTED: Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 9:04am
NBC NEWS — A Daytona Beach, Florida baby-sitter was charged with child neglect Thursday after being accused of allowing an infant to ride in a baby stroller in the bed of a pickup truck.
Several people called 911 after seeing the baby in the rear of the truck.
Investigators with the Daytona Beach Police Department said Keyona Davis, 23, was babysitting for a friend and put the baby in the stroller in the bed of the pickup truck with her while someone else drove them.
Davis faced a judge Thursday, and didn't seem to understand that what she had done was wrong.
Terrance McClain, 8 months, was inside the stroller late Wednesday afternoon.
Stunned motorists called 911.
One motorist stayed with the pickup truck for several miles until police pulled the truck over.
"It's not something you see every day," said Daytona Beach police Chief Mike Chitwood. "I hope they revoke her babysitting license for that. Would you want her watching your kid?"
"I got my first child when I was 16," Davis said during a court appearance.
Davis explained to the court she has been babysitting without incident since she was a teenager and didn't realize police would consider this endangering a child.
She said she had a grip on the stroller.
"It's only if the pickup crashes, the child will be injured or hurt," a public defender said in court.
Davis replied, "Exactly!"
"It's not like they give you a handbook or anything on how -- what's neglect and what's not neglect," Davis said.
The public defender argued that a charge of felony neglect was too harsh, saying the baby wasn't harmed, but the prosecution and judge saw the incident as very disturbing.
"It doesn't take much for the kid to fly out of the pickup," Chitwood said. "If it was truly common sense, everyone would have it."
The charge stood, but Davis was released on her own recognizance and ordered to stay away from the child involved in the incident.
The Department of Children and Families is investigating Davis and the boy's mother, who police said cried when she was reunited with her son.
Officers also cited the man behind the wheel of the pickup truck on charges of careless driving.