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. My2Cents

    She is right when she says that children do not come with handbooks, BUT.......HELLO!!!!!!!! Where the hell is her common sense???? Do you need an owners manual to tell you that putting a baby in the back of a moving truck can be fatal??? I hope this woman is forced to take parenting classes before she has any children of her own. And I am just wondering, does anyone know who was stupid enough to be driving that truck and what happened to that individual?

    August 20, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      hhmmm, who was driving truck??? Anyone know??

      August 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Yasmina

    hola, it's not a stupid law, it's one designed to keep children safe. Why, do you carry your 12 children in the back of a pickup truck?

    August 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. michael

    No big deal. Judges are stupid. Find some real lawbreakers out there.

    August 21, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Doesnt matter

    She said "she had a firm grip on the stroller" ?? STILL! doesnt matter it can get killed like if there accident hit the truck and the baby would be flew out up the air from sky and will not alive something like that

    August 21, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. famblykittens

    In Michigan, you can't even put your dog in the bed of a truck and go for a ride. You'll get a ticket and will end up in court.

    August 21, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rosita Griffiths

    Why was the driver of the truck not charged, too?

    August 21, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. mel

    Actually she wasn't negligent......she was back there WITH the baby. Had he been back there alone, THAT would be negligence!
    She is guilty of STUPID....and the driver too.

    August 21, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • PatFTX

      Guess again. Pretty much everyone with an IQ above room temperature knows that infants and children are required by law to be in approved car seats and booster seats. You can't protect a child in your arms INSIDE of a vehicle, let alone in a stroller which at one point she seems to be holding "securely" in just one hand. One wrong and she and the baby could have been thrown from the vehicle. She was most certainly negligent.

      You did get one point right- the driver should also have been charged with felony negligence.

      August 21, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rusty

    How could anyone be that ignorant? Did they honestly think the stroller wouldn't fall forward or roll smack into the back of the truck cab if the driver had to stop suddenly? This part killed me: "It's only if the pickup crashes, the child will be injured or hurt," a public defender said in court. Davis replied, "Exactly!" Well, at least they didn't tie the stroller to the bumper. That babysitter should be sterilized.

    August 21, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Rusty

      P.S. That public defender's logic is as ridiculous as saying, "The bomb would only have hurt someone if it had gone off. Therefore, my client is innocent."

      August 21, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mmmmm

    Anyone supporting the police harassing this woman have the mindset of cattle...you are too stupid to see your day-to-day liberties and rights are being herded away!

    August 21, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Liberties being taken away what the he'll. So I guess that the baby does not have the right to be safe. No rights have been taken away from this lady, she is actualy getting one of her rights the right to a speedy trial

      August 21, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • deuce54

      i'd like to stick you in the back of a pick up and hopefully you'd fall out and break your damn neck.

      August 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      This is so going to turn into a race thing. Plain and simple, she was negligant in taking proper care of a baby. Everyone actually defending this "woman" is forgetting the baby, not a child or a toddler but a baby. A little tiny person who can't say "hey, I belong in a car seat. You know those new things they sell at the local wal-mart!". She shouldn't do jail time but the driver should hold some responcibility as well. And if the mother knew, her too. The law is so screwed up to think of protecting her and forget and about protecting the child here. The child doesn't have a voice, that is what the law is for. Regradless of race, she is not of sound mind to be taking care of any child. Has everyone lost their minds? Police harassment? Persecution because she's black? Oh give me a break. This world is crap. No one can take any responciblity for the wrong they do, they have to play some card to get out of jail. And then cry about how hard they have it. Next thing you know, she has some long sob story about how bad she had/ has it and she can't be held responsible because she's poor and no one hasn't taught her any better.

      August 21, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mad Gramma

    OMG, another Fla. idoit.

    August 21, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. damian

    I live in Kansas and you see it all the time but yeah child services seem to be a little to protective the video clearly show there was no real threat she had ahold of the stroller plus the driver wasn't driving out of control just a case of mind your own business.....free my sister

    August 21, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • PGM

      you must have Overdosed on stupid pills!!!

      August 21, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert C

      Kansas ... no ... she must be in the Magical Kingdom of OZ where nothing unexpected ever happens: kids coming from between cars, stop sign runners, speeders or such AND all the roads are totally smooth and free of potholes, branches, rocks and bumps of every sort! Any of the above (and more) would make that TOP HEAVY stroller smash into the cab of the truck and/or go flying over the side! And the sitter was going to keep that 40 pound projectile from moving with ONE HAND!

      August 22, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dolly

    OK I agree she wasnt to bright about the whole thing and in a day in age when we know better now she was wrong but she was there with the baby holding the stroller and everyone who remembers riding around as kid in the back of pick up raise your hand. When the parents said "load up" we all piled into the back of the truck the only rules were no stand up behind the cab and we could side on the tire wells until we got to the paved road then we had to sit down in the bed.

    August 21, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. tim

    @Mmmmmm: are you really that stupid? No one's rights have been taken away here. She clearly put the infant in danger. Yes people have died in slow moving accidents, even people strapped in a seat belt so all you idiots that say there wasn't any danger to the infant take your smart pill already, maybe then you'll get up to a normal level of intelligence.

    August 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. For the Love of Children

    If having a child in a stroller in the back of a pickup truck is "okay" then what is wrong with leaving them in the middle of a four lane highway as long as the child isn't injured ? Common sense dictates that a child must be cared for, kept away from dangers at all cost. A babysitter's course is invaluable for teens who are going to be caring for children as well as having the parents demonstrate good parenting skills throughout their formative years. DCFS has the rules and regulations governing child care available to anyone who wants a copy. Informative, important, well thought out information that protects the lives of our little people. Helpful for new parents who are setting up a nursery, employing daycare providers and obtaining quality care for their most precious asset. Where has this 23 year old been her entire life ? Certainly not observing anyone protecting children.

    August 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. joann

    I'm,sorry,I may not be a mother.But,to me that was and is CHILD ABUSE.It,may be o.k.to ride around,like that on your own property;but when it comes to a young CHILD,the answer is and should be CHILD ABUSE. JoAnn Bartholomew

    August 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
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