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. Feast of Beast

    C'mon, the kid wasn't going anywhere. He had a 12-pack of malt liquor in the stroller with him for an anchor.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kim

    The obvious lack of Common Sense in our young people is what's going to help take this once great nation down!

    August 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • FDRsWelfareSociety

      We feed them... we breed them... own it.

      August 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      There are good young people all over. That's common sense. You only hear about the stupid ones. The empty can rattles the most..

      August 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      You are a moron. One ignorant 20-something makes a terrible decision and you generalize all "young people"?

      August 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sarah

    Oh, F-me! You'd have to be on crack to do something THIS STUPID, yeh?

    August 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • DLM

      Well Duh!

      August 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • FDRsWelfareSociety

      or you're fed and bred by welfare...

      August 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Thinking7

    Oh, yeah, I am so sure she believed it was not negl ect. The look on that woman's face says, "I don't care." As usual, another nasty person from Florida.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CommonSense

    And i stand to go to jail for a year and a $5000 fine for texting to my children, "Tell the boys that I love them, always." after their mother, my wife, who I guess had had enough of the marriage got a temporary restraining order against me and left the county. And I was just to sit idly by until the protection order hearing.

    This country has a serious problem. It is only going to get worse and unless we take back our American values everything will be lost.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lowell

    I understand things have changed, but kids riding in the back of the truck was common when I was growing up, and for several years when I began parenting. We know better now, but I'm not sure charging this woman who was in the back of the truck with the child in the stroller should be charged with a crime. Maybe a ticket?

    August 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      Wow, you are so wrong.

      August 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melanie

      I agree that they may be blowing this out of proportion. Yes it was a dumb thing to do... however it is not like she sat the kid in the back of the truck then rode in the cab of the truck. She ignorantly placed herself and the child in danger.

      I am not saying I would do the same, or that I would not have called the cops, but people make very poor choices sometimes and this one ended with no harm to anyone.

      August 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • John K

      10 year old kids working in coal mines were common when my grandfather was growing up. Those were the days!

      August 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      I don't see the problem. She was riding in the back with the kid and had a hold of him. People are too over protective now a days. Kid's don't need helmets to ride a bike or a skateboard, and people can safely ride in the back of a pick-up.

      August 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • SophieCat

      Well, "back when (you) were growing up", people were actually EXPECTED to exhibit some common sense.

      Our government does not count on "common sense" to save the individual anymore; that's why your blow-dryer is actually REQUIRED by federal law to have a tag on it, that says, "Do Not Use In The Shower". That's why your space-heater had a big adhesive sticker on its side, that says, "Do Not Use Near Flammable Materials".

      Because people don't have any common sense anymore than to do the above, and THEN SOME. They allow their children to play in the street, then they're mad when cars run over them. People will see a big red flashing sign that says, "High Water – Do Not Cross" – they'll look at the sign, and go right around any barriers in their way, then they will expect emergency workers to risk their lives in order to "rescue" them.

      There's far too much "rescuing" going on – if more of 'em just went on and DIED FROM THEIR OWN STUPIDITY we'd have fewer stupid people on Planet Earth.

      But since we're all gung-ho on "rescuing" everybody, the stupid ones live and breed more STUPID ones.

      You think this woman comes from a long line of geniuses?!? No; I bet you could go back into her lineage for generations and generations and find the STUPID gene.

      If the federal government would just allow nature to take its natural course, the stupid ones would naturally die from their own stupidity.

      Then you'd have fewer Keyona Davises in the world to endanger the rest of us.

      August 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TheXDude

    "It's not like they give you a handbook or anything" .. wow.. really!?!?. Even your average idiot would know better. $20 says she never graduated high school.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Daddy2010

    "It's not like they give you a handbook or anything,". Yeah, they do. It's called a brain. You just have to know how to use that handbook.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John K

    "It's only if the pickup crashes, the child will be injured or hurt," a public defender said in court.
    Davis replied, "Exactly!"

    Awesome logic. Simply awesome. Gives me great faith in the quality of lawyers that are available for public defending.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cameo35

    ......This idiot is two fries short of a Happy Meal.......

    August 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. brian

    She was probably ridin' in the back of the truck on her way to pick up her welfare check, this is becoming a welfare country with all people caring about are themselves and getting their cut. Here's an idea, stop ALL free handouts, accept to those who have already paid in to social security, like seniors who are now retired, stop the welfare to lazy drunks, stop the welfare to the woman with 7 kids, stop giving out food stamps, stop giving out government cheese...make people stand on their own two feet! Those that don't want to can die off, and we will be better off. Our problem is we are spending more on these leeches than we are taking in from good honest hard working people!

    August 19, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lol

    idiot taking care of idiots! that's right! she's uneducated and a loser. she needs life in prison to think of her actions... even that stupid public defender needs to go to jail.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Teaneck

    They're not all locked up. They're running around loose.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chris

    Thanks, Obama!

    August 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      And Obama has anything to do with this because........? Keep your childish political BS out of a story like this. There is no place for it here!

      August 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. leeintulsa

    @commonsense: Who's we? This sounds like a personal problem. I have my kids, and i am restraining order free. Don't blame society because you stepped in a steaming pile..

    August 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
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