An arrest complaint claims that a 37-year-old mother left her 1-year-old child on a beach in Volusia County, and she is now being charged with child negligence.
The incident, which unfolded early Wednesday morning, involved a series of concerning circumstances that prompted a police response.
The incident occurred when police responded to a disturbance at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Daytona Beach on North Halifax Ave. on November 8.
According to the arrest affidavit, a person informed the police that someone had alerted them, stating that their mother had taken their 1-year-old brother and walked eastbound through a vacant lot across the street.
Shockingly, the mother did not have the child upon her return to the car, as reported by the witness.
Mother Abandons 1-Year-Old on Volusia Beach
A 911 call, during which a 17-year-old child of the woman speaks to the operator, adds another layer of concern to the situation.
The teenager, identifying the family as being from Detroit, worries about his mother, stating that she has been experiencing “little episodes lately” and stressing, “My mom needs help.” Due to mental health concerns revealed during the call, the authorities are withholding the mother’s name at this time.
The son told officers that his mother claimed she met the 1-year-old’s father at a nearby convenience store and handed the child to him.
However, inconsistencies emerged when the teen shared that the child’s father resides in Detroit.
Worried for the baby’s safety, the teen searched and called out the child’s name but was unable to locate him.
Fearing the worst, the teenager returned to the Halifax Avenue address and sought help from security, urging them to call 911.
Security at the church informed the police that they had interacted with the mother before the incident, granting her permission to be in the church parking lot, believing she wanted a safe place for her children to sleep.
When the police approached the woman to inquire about the 1-year-old’s whereabouts, she repeatedly insisted that the child was safe with his father.
However, upon contacting the father, who was in Detroit then, the unsettling truth emerged—he was unaware of the baby’s location.