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. CF

    Can we put her in charge with the E-trade baby?

    August 19, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Houston

    I don't know what to say about that! That tired of sitting at home, sometimes home is safer.

    August 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NamCbtVet

    Florida? The hanging chad state. So, hang this moron.

    August 19, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anomic Office Drone

    And that baby grew up to be Ricky Bobby.

    August 19, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mmmmm

    Oh please...notta a big deal...!

    August 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Sounds like you would do the same thing. I hope I don't ever see you doing something like this. I would have the cops all over you.

      August 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Phuckin' wood...noticed she wasn't charged with a traffic violation. Children cab in the truck all the it is not safe...but harassing an unrepresented woman with trump charges is stupid!

      August 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      ...done all the time in hillbilly truck country farming town roads....

      August 19, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • fgm

      Holding the baby in her arms would've actually been safer as the stroller has a raised center of gravity and could tip on any turn or fly to the end of the pick up bed upon acceleration. Her action was extremely dangerous for the baby and the charge was hardly trumped up since people witnessing it immediately knew the baby was in danger. She is not a criminal by intent, but she was definitely negligent in his care. should not have children or ever have them in your care.

      August 19, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Natasha

    Thank god they didn't get into an accident, that dummy needs her butt kicked along with the driver! What's wrong with people in Florida?

    August 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mmmmm

    What law did she violate?

    August 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • areyoukidding

      How about the child safety seat law??

      August 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Applies inside the a truck...on a truck bed...usu exempt anyway!

      August 19, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • S1N

      Actually, the child car seat law applies to any child passengers under the specified weight in a vehicle. The bed of a truck is considered part of the vehicle, and the child is considered a passenger. I'm not sure that the neglect charge is warranted given the lack of injury to the child. However, this woman needs her license revoked and at least a couple weeks jail time for violating child safety laws.

      August 19, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      In where????? Leave the woman alone. She is out on her own recognizance which indicate the court isn't looking to throw any book or books at her.

      August 19, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • S1N

      No where too harsh. Just county jail for a week or two. That is hardly throwing the book at her considering the amount of time she could spend in prison if they don't reduce the charges. It's barely a slap on the wrist and would give her some time to realize why her actions were stupid.

      You don't exactly come out of a two-week stay in county a hardened criminal mastermind. You just come out hungry and bored.

      August 19, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim Richman

    She is my hero. I will always call her to watch my infants, animals, whatever. She did not think it was wrong, so she is right in her own mind. That's good enough for me.

    August 19, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Westy

    Ever been to the reservation? EVERYBODY rides in the back of a pickup. Get over yourselves, happens all the time.

    August 19, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • fgm

      Not with a baby up high in a stroller where it can easily tip over or fall out on a turn. And just b/c people ride unsafely with their children does not mean it is okay.

      August 19, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mmmmm

    A kid with a brick under his foot and without a driver's license can drive a tractor, farming equipment over your'll just be one hurt bast€rd with an apology. Heeeeeeeeee-haw!

    August 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. S1N

    Please post your family's home address so that I could pay them a nice, "friendly" visit. Care to share? I'll share mine if you share yours.

    August 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • S1N

      It would seem that the post this was a reply to has been deleted.

      August 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. S1N

    Obviously, I reworded the post without proofreading. It should read "so that i can".

    August 19, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CashForVotes

    They don't give tickets out for stupidity. The woman and driver's actions are careless, in my opinion, but not actionable. Had the infant been hurt, then they would be actionable. It is unfortunate that they don't understand the safety concerns, but I've see parents behave much more worse with and towards their children. The state does not babysit adults and the children in their charge.

    August 19, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cm3 Seabee

    I dont know who you are, but you are rude! you language and discrimination has no place in this counrty. you are the exact type of person who needs to be put on the recieving end of your type of thinking..... Nobody, no matter who theyu are or what they have done deserves that. In the future you need to rethink what you are posting and who is reading it. Have a pleasent day, you inconciderate naive person.

    August 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. PHinMiami

    You can't fix 'stupid'. Sorta like the woman that tried mailing a puppy to her son, nobody told her 'pacificly' that it was against the law.

    August 19, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • S1N

      You CAN fix stupid in many cases by properly disciplining the party at fault and explaining why they were wrong. This does not seem to be one of those cases.

      August 19, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
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