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. ZysPsyk

    Thug life Daytona Beach East coast holla holla!

    August 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dave McGuire

    "It's not like they give you a handbook or anything," she said. Yes, I suppose there is no handbook for COMMON SENSE.

    August 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • stoptheh8te

      I heard that too. Sometimes when I read a story, I'm reluctant to believe some of their quotes, but I actually heard her say this. Not even sure how to respond to her statement. First response is to call her an idiot, but no one can actually be that clueless, so I'll just assume she has mental issues.

      August 19, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beadlesaz

      Don't know about her community specifically but there are often agencies & non-profits who do offer babysitting classes. But, ultimately, you can't fix stupid.

      August 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Honey

    This is ridiculous! A baby in a stroller in the back of a pickup?? What part of this does the 'babysitter' not get as being neglectful. If she wants to ride in the back, go for it but don't put an innocent baby in harm's way!!

    August 19, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pete

    It is clear that many people in the United States are showing less intelligence in making decisions that rely on common sense. Then go out of their way to make excuses for their behavior. I am glad that these stories make the news. It may be the only way some of these morons find out that what they are doing is not legal.

    August 19, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Misstrixie

    She is dumb as a bag of hair. How could any parent let that idiot care for their baby??

    August 19, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SaraVilla

    What a moron! Idiocracy at it's finest! It's not her fault because 'they don't have a handbook on child neglect" kudos to her lawyer for allowing her to speak to the media –

    August 19, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • rikki

      Her lawyer should be shot.

      August 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Maggie

    Yes, the woman was an idiot. But why has absolutely EVERYONE, the police included, overlooked the obvious and equivalent level of offense and stupidity of the driver of the truck?

    August 19, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kasper

      They haven't. If you look at the bottom of the story, it says that the police are investigating the driver of the truck.

      August 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Toby

    WHY IN THE HELL IS THIS UNDER THE 'LATEST NEWS' CATEGORY ON CNN? Because it is just a slow news day.

    August 19, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JustMe

    Are you kidding me!!!??? I'm sorry but that's neglect PERIOD!! That's ENDANGERMENT!!!!! That's a stupid excuse to give Public Defender!! "only if the baby was hurt or injured in a crash" HOW ABOUT IF THE BABY DIED!! RAN OVER!! CRUSHED UNDER TONS OF TWISTED METAL!!! would you still say "oh, well she didn't think she was hurting the baby and it's not her fault"

    YOU IDIOT!!!!!!

    August 19, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. peri

    Oh you are SO right, because no WHITE person has EVER made the news for harming their children. Idiot. The world is laughing at your comment right now.

    August 19, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      That's cuz it's considered normal in hillbilly country...

      August 19, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • FIrecapscfd

      Well I'm from WV & it's not normal here.You can't even leave your child unattended for any reason without being arrested.

      August 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      This is true. It IS considerd normal. Next case.

      August 21, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Heeeeeeee-haw!

      August 19, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. FuzzyLumps

    That's nothing... I've seen a pickup truck with at least a dozen kids under 10 in the back going down the street. I think it was a Birthday party headed for soft ice cream.

    August 19, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Thinking7

    People need to think about who they are allowing to sit for their children. It's obvious this woman has no care for this child.

    August 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    Welcome to the United Nanny States of America.

    August 19, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Coral

    Yes! Let's bash her. Over and over again. And again! Like she did something similar to another Florida mother????? Give her a break; not everyone is as smart as y'all are trying to be in your outrage.

    August 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CF

    As long as they had a "Baby on Board" sign.

    August 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
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