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. JJ

    She must be related to sarah palin. Moron.

    August 19, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AGrey

    She's not the mother, she's the baby sitter.

    August 19, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HA!

    She was just taking the baby out for a stroll!!!!!

    August 19, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Imjesayin

    Oh no you ditnt!

    August 19, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Davis Todd

    The next idiot defense position rage – 'I didn't get a handbook'.

    August 19, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Moronic

    And the child care provider of the year goes to.....

    August 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joanofarc

    If I caught my sitter in the back of a truck with my baby the only thing she'd be rolling in is a flipping wheelchair...

    August 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. joann

    If,I were babysitting someones child or children.I,wuold never haver them ride in the back of pickup truck,no matter how old they are.That,was a stupid and dangerous,thing,to put that baby through. JoAnn Bartholomew

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

    So does this mean I can go hit a liquor store at gunpoint and claim theres no handbook for armed robbery?

    August 19, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mmmmm

    whaaaat??? I love babies! They are more cuddily than turtle eggs. As for compliance with the laws of a moving vehicle, that rest with the driver not this woman...the dumb po'-po' and savy district atty didn't even charge the driver. As for your physics of the matter that outcome did not happen and speculation on your part. let just stick to the facts please!

    August 19, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chupachabra

      Amen!

      August 19, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jim in Texas

    common folks. People have ridden in the back of pick up trucks since they were first made. The atty's comment is correct. ONLY if the truck wrecked, was there a risk of injury. HOWEVER, no mater WHERE in the truck the baby was, there was a risk of injury during a crash. To use their logic, if you PUT YOUR CHILD IN A VEHICLE IT IS CHILD ABUSE because the child MAY get injured. Puting a child in the tub, even you there, is child abuse then – as they MAY drown. THis is SO STUPID...and those of you who think this is right – look at what YOU do with your children. MOST of what you do COULD CAUSE HARM...thus it's child abuse by their definition.

    August 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • I AM SMRT

      Let me spell it out for all of you mouth breathers.

      NEGLIGENT = Failing to take proper care in doing something. Proper care in this case involves seat belts, and some sort of reinforced chassis. Also, air bags if you're not driving something from the stone ages. How does this not make sense to you?

      By your definition, anything we did in the past ( which may be considered harmful today ) is OK because people did it at some point in time? Do you understand how idiotic that sounds?

      August 20, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • amhache

      Yes Jim, you are a moron.

      August 20, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
    • smartfool

      Really Jim? You are supposed to prevent injuries by reducing risks to a minimal level. Putting a child in a stroller on a moving truck bed makes a fender bender which wouldn't do much if the child were in the cab into a baby catapult. Maximizing risk is what getting stupid people in trouble for child endangerment their actions put the child in more Danger than is normally accepted.

      August 20, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. franky

    I have had farts smarter than that!!

    August 19, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Beefburger

    Florida, the home of "Here, hold my beer, watch this!"

    August 19, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chupachabra

    What happened to the good old 70's when every body rode in the back of pickups? I remember riding in the back of a pick up with my all the members of my baseball team and this was in grade school.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • amhache

      What happened? People got smarter about lots of things (though not some of you) like, duh, smoking is bad and STRAP YOUR KIDS IN THEIR CAR SEATS YOU f-ing IDIOTS!!

      August 20, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Godhelpusa

    I bet the baby actually enjoyed the ride

    August 19, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
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