August 19th, 2011
11:39 AM ET

Sitter charged after taking baby on ride in back of pickup

A Florida babysitter was charged with child neglect after taking a baby in his stroller for a ride the bed of  a pickup.

According to 911 calls, several people contacted Daytona Beach police Wednesday when they saw the stroller in the back of the truck.

"It's not something you see every day," Daytona Beach police Chief Mike Chitwood told CNN affiliate WESH. "I hope they revoke her babysitting license for that. Would you want her watching your kid?"

The babysitter, Keyona Davis, 23, said in a court appearance Thursday that she had a firm grip on the stroller and that she did not realize her actions constituted neglect.

Davis' public defender had argued that the charge of child neglect was too harsh, as the baby was unharmed.

"It's only if the pickup crashes, the child will be injured or hurt," a public defender said in court.

Davis replied, "Exactly!"

Davis said she didn't realize that police would consider what she did as "negligent."

"It's not like they give you a handbook or anything," she said.

Davis was released from jail on her own recognizance. Police are still investigating the driver of the truck and the baby's mother.

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  1. Tom


    August 19, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • gnodges

      Love it!!

      August 19, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fairy godmother

    What is up with Florida and kids?

    August 19, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      Why can't I post a sarcastic reply as "Timmy Turner"?

      August 19, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • B=Dog

      You said too much..... all you need is "what is up with Florida "

      August 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |

    this is how i rode when i was a kid... i use to ride in back... when i was a kid we never had to wear seatbelts or sit in a car seat...

    August 19, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      I assume you're not being sarcastic, but me too. We might be from the same age group. Sometimes the German Shepherd was back there with us. It was funny watching him slip and trip around whenever the driver (my dad) sped up or hit the brake.

      All that said, I don't remember us ever taking a baby with us. If anyone in the family was that young, they never rode back there.

      August 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      so did we! But never a baby! And besides that if you do get a baby into an unstable situation like an airport shuttle, ferry, plane with turbulence, etc – you still take the baby out of the stroller and hold it tight. Some small bumps and turns wouldnt hurt a baby if she was being held they could easily knock over a stroller.

      Its like one stupid action over another one!

      August 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |

      THAT'S what wheel locks are for... lol... she could have atleast used a bicycle chain to lock the storller in place...

      August 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faith

      And had the vehicle you were riding in been in even a minor accident, you'd be dead.

      August 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • boogietime

      Who said that stupid comment about taking her license away? If a 12 year old can babysit, I don't think any licenses are required. Or is the government trying to raise revenues and putting its grubby fingers deeper into our pockets?

      August 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. zhawk88


    August 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ea

    Can we just nuke Florida?

    August 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. monkeymama

    A babysitting licence? Is that a FL thing?

    August 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BD70

    No...your right there is no handbook for caring for kids. But there is a law against what you did ! No excuse for ignorance.

    August 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe


    August 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Suzanne

    "It's not like they give you a handbook"??? Do you need written literature to tell you that putting a baby in a stroller in the back of a truck is a bad idea? If so, please go now to your doctor and tell him you wish to be sterilized for the greater benefit of humanity. Thanks.

    August 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      On a dumb meter, Daytona comes in very near the top.

      August 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      I doubt she could read a handbook if there were one.

      August 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • jenkoosh

      Couldn't have said it better.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JLR

    Florida will continue to be a place that you go to visit when you want to feel superior.

    August 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AK

    I once rode with a friend, for over 3 hours, in the back of her dad's pickup truck while on the way to summer camp. We rode with her black lab drooling and slipping and sliding around corners. We waved to passersby. Back in those days, the baby would ride on the floor of the front passenger seat. Yikes to all of it!

    August 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      Times change. I remember a few years ago putting protective covers over the electrical outlets when we brought our first baby home. I don't think those even existed when I was a kid.

      August 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. k

    Just because you did it and lived does not make you any less dumb.

    August 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Midwest Guy

      Actually, I disagree. BECAUSE I grew up before the era of the "Big Mother" barrage of warnings, I AM more capable of assessing true risks that you are. If you are under 30, I venture that I would beat you hands down in the category of "Making decisions to live a safe life."

      August 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • monster?

      Sadly, you will never know what its like to live in a free country. :-p

      August 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I hardly think nuking Florida is the right choice. I doubt that the baby sitter did this with malice. Maybe he should watch a film and be properly trained by the state.

    August 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Only idiots believe Florida is any different than the other 49 states. Its in the news for one reason, C. Anthony. Same thing happens when any big story hits. The media focus its attention there. Remember all the mass animal deaths / end of the world nonsense? This stuff happens every day all over the world.

      August 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. colonelingus

    I'll bet the mother is every bit as clueless and simple minded as the sitter. The baby is probably the brains of this outfit.

    August 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Canadian Genius

    So what did you all think of Granny riding in a rocker on top of Jethro's truck at the beginning of "Beverly Hillbillies" every week?

    August 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Honey

      "Hillbillies" says it all, don't ya think?

      August 19, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
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