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. vladmir smirnof

    In soviet russia injuries are caused before you get in back of pickup truck

    August 20, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. john smith

    could have been worse, they could have dragged it.

    August 20, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. brad

    I think see should have tied the stroller to the bumper of the pickup with a 20 ft rope that way if the pickup rolled the kid would have been ok

    August 20, 2011 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    Not smart, but no-one hurt. She's learned her lesson. Let her go. Too much gummint telling us what to do, how to live.

    Let her go free.

    August 20, 2011 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. jesse

    Why is it that Florida produces more people of this kind of.... intelligence...

    August 20, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. James

    And they wonder why 3/4 of their population is in prison or welfare. Dumb is in the genetics !

    August 20, 2011 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. dl

    I see Mexicans eveyday riding in the back of pickup trucks.
    Did they also give "her" a ticket for endangering herself by not wearing a seat belt.
    She's no felon, just semi-stupid.
    Fukn government should ease up.

    August 20, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
    • mikeysmind

      Are you kidding me ? Ease up ??? They need to make an example of her and everyone else that does stupid things.....Start charging people with stupidity and half of these people will be in jail by the end of the week......and what did she say to the judge, I quote " it's not like they give you a handbook" ?....OMG !! does'nt matter anyway, she probably would not have read it anyway....

      This girl was probably walking around with the kid in a stroller and got tired so she hooked up with one of her best buds and caught a ride home with the kid.....STUPID is as STUPID does. you need to charge the driver as well, it was that persons responsability as well as the parents for even giving the kid to a "babysitter" in the first place.

      August 20, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
    • SC

      Really dl? Government? Not sure what they have to do with it. But nice try.

      August 20, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Dalton

      What are you; ten years old?

      August 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christopher

      mikeysmind, 'making an example of her' does absolutely nothing in this case but to ruin a woman's life for ABSOLUTELY NO REASON! The child is alive, the child was not harmed! I could understand if someone had died about 'making an example' of this woman, not in any other case.

      Stupidity should NOT be punishable by time in prison. It should be punished by mental health counseling (to see if there are other problems here) and intervention.

      August 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • NeverMind You

      I don't think she deserves to be incarcerated, but she does deserve education. Neglect isn't something that should have to be stated in a "book" (as she said), it's called neglect because people simply forget to use common sense. Sadly, she probably thought nothing wrong of it because her own mother didn't know how to raise her. And she has one of her own? Poor kid.

      August 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • malasangre

      I rode on a 49 flatbed chevy my childhood with the other kids. the car would have to wreck to hurt this baby. volusia county/daytona sucks. now in Michigan the only people who can legally ride in the bed are migrant workers. its not safe for others. geeesh

      August 20, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. M in Oz

    I only came here to see if her name was Zanny the Nanny.

    August 20, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
    • inadaze2

      they should have waited 31 days tho

      August 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Matthew Dintzner

    A handbook?! Seriously? It's called common sense. What an idiot...

    August 20, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. MAUIgoesARGH!!!!

    Seriously!! U need to be locked up in the loony bin or must be really stupid if u want a book on how toi take care of a child!!! Seriously, Florida and Texas: if you can't take care of your children, please give them to someone who will.

    August 20, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Christopher

      Uh, MAUI....... HOW THE HELL ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO KNOW HOW TO RAISE A CHILD WITHOUT SOME HELP? From a book, someone else who has had children, etc.

      Let's get real here, buddy and stop bashing on people who need some HELP raising their children. The fact is that common sense as people keep on deeming it isn't so common from what I have seen. Many of these people who do these things had their parents do them with them years ago when they were babies/children or simply didn't think before doing them.

      August 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • RT

      @ Christopher, people who "simply didn't think before doing them" are called stupid or uneducated, take your pick!!!

      August 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. leeintulsa

    It does seem the mother should be more concerned than the cops, really.. Sounds like more of a civil case than a criminal one.

    August 20, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. subliminalninja

    If she's too stupid to see she's endangering a child, she's too stupid to be watching a baby in the first place. Thick, ignorant, moronic, slow, loser.

    August 20, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. Robbin

    I'd like to think the young lady caught a ride, did the wrong thing by riding with the child on back of the truck the way she did. It was wrong they both could have been hurt are killed for that matter. I still go back to Casey Anthony , I can't judge this lady how can any of you. We must remember let's not be so quick to lock up our kind when so many of there's get away. She should be punished but not that drastic. Remember the next time you guys go serve on jury duty think of the Anthony case the one that got away. Don't be so quick to punish give them a break.

    August 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lebert Duke

    The young lady is simply young and foolish. She made a mistake in judgement. I believe she should be charged with a misdeameanor crime. if convicted, she should be granted probation and ordered to attend counseling and parenting classes at her expense if she has the means to pay. The driver of the white truck also has some explaining to do and should be charged as well.

    August 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hola

    This is ridiculous!
    what a misuse of the law you 've got in this country!
    everything is a crime!!!!!
    cool down people..

    August 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
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