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. r3dkat

    I'll say it since no one else will say it. This is completely racially motivated. The driver is driving VERY SLOW, the girl is holding the stroller and very attentive to the child. I agree it's probably not the best idea but if she were not african american I doubt anyone would have given a hoot. Those that called the police did so maliciously going as far as to follow them. It's a ridiculous premise to regard this neglect of the child's safety. If an accident had occurred, wouldn't HER safety be threatened as well? The headline reads like the baby was in the bed unattended. This is a complete overreaction. Britney Spears did worse than this.

    August 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      I believe you are right about the racial issue here, but we do know that many females or couples who have had some problem involving a baby, toddler or young child since the Anthony case has been slammed by the LE/court. LE and some people who like to find fault in others are on the lookout for childcare problems that would have been overlooked a few years ago. Sadly, they still miss some of the worst ones.

      August 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. james

    @boogietime: you must be from Florida too!

    August 19, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mika

      Why is the driver of the vehicle not charged with anything? To me the driver is overall responsible

      August 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • DDM

      Well – if the buggy is completely secured back there, no problem? Plenty of fresh air, no danger of heat building up like inside a vehicle. Just a bit of improvising.

      August 19, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lifesaver

    I dont think she should be charged! it was a bad judgement call but why would you charge this woman and the baby was fine and Casey Anthony got away with murder. why not go after the parents that hutr there chhildren on purpose. also before calling her and idiot know the full story maybe she was walking in the hot sun and hitched a ride. would it have been a crime if while walking in the heat her or the baby died of heat stroke. all i saying is before you go judgeing people try and put your self in there shoes. you never know what someone is going through. and yes i agree he was driving and taping this incident that is a crime too. people lets get the real criminals off the streets in stead a someone trying to make a living. can you imagine how the mother feels at work then hears some crap like this then she has to leave work lose pay.

    August 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ms codpiece

      please tell me your kidding!......knowing the rules of the road is a criteria of having a drivers license (sp)....and securing an infant/toddler/child in safety seats and restraints is everywhere! Not to mention the buckle up signs and public education everywhere! Her so called ignorance is a load of what she use to change in the diaper! and wah to the mother who lost pay from work....I would like to think her child's safety is more important than the minimum wage she was making!

      August 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoJo

      Congradulations. You win Stoopid of the Day

      August 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Trent

    What is it with the south and stupid?

    August 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Linda

    sadly.. you can't fix stupid..

    August 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luek

      No, you can't fix stupid. But you can sterilize them.

      August 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MXD

    How STUPID can a person BE?? NOT to know that this behavior was putting this child in DANGER?? "It's not like they give you a handbook.". Wo. It's no wonder she had her first child at 16. The woman is an idiot.

    August 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. r.ortiz

    she should of at least put the baby in the front seat with someone.

    August 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Luek

    If she were white everyone would be calling her redneck trailer trash.

    Who was driving the truck anyway? Shouldn't they be charged also?

    August 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ken

    I used the chad ballots that same year and the year before, guess what, I always checked to make sure the chad was removed even if I had to finish pulling it off. Why would you even need a chad box anyway all I had to do was punch it with the stylist and it came right out in fact I don't recall our precinct even having a chad box. As for the computers there were a lot of problems with those, in Ohio there were a bunch of democratic votes on the machines before polling ever started but I never mentioned anything about computer voting , in fact I think that should be banned if you're not smart enough to fill out a paper ballot correctly, or at least smart enough to have an election officer help you fill it out properly you don't deserve for your vote to be counted. I did however mention the butterfly ballot which was also a big issue for Florida voters and yes I've used those too without any problems. Like I said it's not rocket science.

    August 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mom

      what do chads have to do with this...

      August 19, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Ken: The chadbox is a tray that is part of those machines. Otherwise the floors would have been covered with the punched out chads. I should think your common sense would tell you that tiny pieces of paper all over the floor could lead to slip and fall lawsuits. People who were accustomed to voting in much lighter elections and the people running the voting centers had not seen the problem before. Voters should have been warned not only to rake off the hanging chads, but to look to see if there were dimpled chads that had not broken loose at all. But they weren't. The court case associated with this election was obviously missed by you. One of the Gore attorneys had a machine with its filled box brought in as an exhibit in the case. The box was pulled out for all to see.

      August 19, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    That's Obamacare for ya!

    August 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kraznodar

      Obamacare? That has nothing to do with this article at all. Obamacare brought the quality of life in the USA up to the norms of most developed European countries. That has nothing to do with idiots that don't comprehend basic physics. These same idiots probably think nothing is wrong with discharging an assault rifle in a mall "as long as no one was hurt". Kill them and make the world a better place.

      August 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chris Logue

    Probably not the best idea, but it shouldn't be illegal. Maybe if there were an injury. This used to be pretty common, people riding in the back of a pickup. Now sadly, the nanny state needs to shake it's finger at us. I'm sure the court system has real ciminals to deal with, lets stop wasting time with this harmless incident of "probably not a great idea".

    August 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dan

    Well, this is the most poorly written article I've seen on here since... oh I don't know yesterday. Is the babysitter a he? Is it a she? Where were they going? Can you do a tiny little bit more research to figure out why the baby was put in which part of the pick up truck? Are you afraid to use paragraphs? Can you spell check? Some of us prefer not to wait through a 25 second ad in order to become enlightened.

    August 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nepolean

    Best of judgement, No. Arrest? No.

    August 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kraznodar

    I suggest the death penalty for the babysitter and truck driver.

    August 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    I totally didn't need to know about this – next they'll be reporting about people arrested for jaywalking.

    August 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
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