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. Ima punchu

    ummm......ok.....isn't Casey Anthoney from Florida too?

    August 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. restoman

    How stupid can one be. But it seems to me that people cut the men who beat up and then murdered a man with a pickup, more slack than a woman who put a live baby in the bed of one attended.

    August 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Believe it or not, but when I was coming up back in the 50's we used to ride in the back of pickups all the time. It is only now with big brother determining every aspects of a person life that a person gets in trouble for it,

      August 19, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karg

      @Ken

      Yeah, the government is so damn horrible for trying to save you from your own stupidity.

      August 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      @Karg

      Having a child in a stroller in the back of a pickup truck is stupid. But back in the 70s when I was a kid, we rode in the back of trucks all the time... looking back, yeah it was kinda dumb but that is what you did. And we had a blast too lol.

      August 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vumba

      WoW! What are you basing your conclusions on? Or are you trying to play the role of the troll? Race baiting?

      August 19, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hilo

      Hey, in Hawaii it is NOT against the law to ride in the back of a pick-up truck. See it all the time on the main roads. Even have lawn chairs in the back of the truck for people to sit in.

      Need to get 'Big Brother' out of our lives!

      August 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tim

    The Anthony's are Northern transplants from Ohio I believe(not sure about the state).

    August 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Squid

    Casey Anthony back in the news

    August 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bookldy209

    Is it just me for thinking this sh@# happens more in Florida?

    August 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. George

    Believe it or not folks, in Arizona where I live it is perfectly legal to put adults or children in the back of a pickup; people do it all the time. It makes no sense; if they are inside they must be restrained. It went to court and it was ruled that a law against riding in the back of a truck was discrimination against hispanics since most of them drive trucks and have large families.

    August 19, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cathy McCoy

    Of course, "they" don't out handbooks for common sense!

    August 19, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Grace

    Please please tell me that this woman's name is flagged with Children's Services. Further proof that common sense isn't so common.

    August 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. willie

    When I grew up this type of thing was not illegal. People are way to hypersensitive these days. No one was hurt, no big deal.

    August 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CarmenSo

    Is there is a reason people no have common sense anymore.

    August 19, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ALTERINK

    @kEN, yes thats true and cars didn't have seat belts. but there are more cars on the roads and faster cars on the roads too. the likelyhood of something terrible happening is not worth even the thought of doing something like that.

    August 19, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ken

    @Will: guess you never heard of a trash can or a broom huh. Doesn't take much common sense to look at the ballot and see if it's punched all the way through, but then again it is Florida we're talking about. Yep say all of the court case and as the Supreme Court ruled it's the voter's responsibility to make sure their ballots are filled out properly, or in this case, punched properly. Said it before I'll say it again it isn't rocket science.

    August 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. memchee

    I can't believe the sitter has the gall to be indignant!

    What she did was dangerous and anyone with common sense and an appreciation of life would not have even contemplated what she did.

    August 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ken

    Saw not say. Sorry I was typing too fast and didn't catch that people.

    August 19, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tim

    I've seen people get hurt and die in 30 mile per hour accidents, just because they may have been going slow and no one got hurt is not an excuse.

    August 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
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