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. David

    common sense not quite so common. The quotes are too funny. Exactly! 🙂

    August 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ashish

    you guys who are against this baby sitter are only making a mountain out of hay. You make a mockery of law and rule by going to extremes to get it implemented. law and rules are one thing but common sense is another. may be she did the illegal ting but her heart was at the right place. May be she does not know physics or newtons laws about the reaction forces, but she was still holding the baby tight. Its plain and simple, she just needs to be taught and not punished. Punishment or legal prosecution is more suitable for willful offenders, this kind of harsh implementation only makes offenders out of innocent and well intentioned people.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      Seriously??? How can you even begin to defend that idiot. She has no right being near and kids and needs spayed and taken out of the gene pool. The 14 year old that baby sits my son knows better than to do that. What do you have to know about the law of physics to know this is the dumbest idea ever? Why could the child not have rode buckled in the cab? Where was she going that it was so important that she could not wait till after she was done babysitting?

      August 19, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • barb

      I believe it's illegal in most places, now, to have small children in the back of pickups. Most people should know that by now. We really can't say "I didn't know it was against the law" when it's our own country. Still, when I was growing up, we didn't have to have seat belts on in the back seat. We could ride in the back of trucks, and only little babies rode in car seats. Things have changed a lot since I was a kid. While I don't think she should be charged extremely harsh for this, she does need to be punished and also brought up to date on current laws.

      August 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bird

      I seriously doubt if her heart being in the right place would pay for the medical bills for the child if anything had happened. This was definitely and idiotic thing for the babysitter to pull, but then there's no medicine to correct stupid.

      August 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David

    anyone wonder why the unemployment rate is so high? Here's your answer.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CuriousG

    I overheard someone say that she was related to Jessica Tata in Houston. Tata didn't get a handbook either.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. carol

    This woman is just not that bright. Lack of education and maybe IQ.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ZykPysk


    August 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. redmonsta

    and apparently there are also brain eating amoebas on the loose in the south...

    August 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. GE


    August 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    *Why* do we now need a handbook for common sense?
    Does any driving manual actually say "it is against the rules of the road to be driving with a baby in a stroller in the back of a pick-up"?
    Let me guess: her excuse is "I didn't have a car seat!"


    August 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. herrsonic

    I think with a name like Keyona, the rules of genetics say that you just cannot be smart.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. james

    We ALWAYS rode in the back of the truck as kids but a baby in a stroller is not appropriate.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kat

    Can you say 'too lazy to install the child's car seat in the truck, take the baby out of the stroller, and secure the stroller in the truck?' She was simply too lazy and it was far simpler to take the monumental risk she did. Her actions are disgusting.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Squid

    I didn't know Casey Anthony had found a babysitting job

    August 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    @Mr Mxylprlxk:

    You are your own worst enemy.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fierybuddha

    They should have charged her with "stupid."

    August 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
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