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. Fiona

    Oh...my...god. That photo of her speaks volumes. My jaw is still on the floor after reading the quotes from the public defender. But to think that the child's mother HIRED this mentally deficient babysitter, and to think that the driver of the vehicle thought it was kosher to put the stroller in the back...is there something in the water in Florida? Is the public school system to blame? Is there an overabundance of flaking lead paint around?

    August 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chris

    this is something I would not do, Just throwing this out there, I been to Dominican Republic, this is normal down there. On motor bikes there is the driver a baby and the mother and in many cases a fourth person. Its a little crazy and I am sure this is in many countries as well. If she is raised in USA then she should know the difference but if she is raised in another country where this is common, I can see her point, even if its not right, but to her it sounds right. I tell other people in dominican republic about the different laws and they cant believe it. Down there a lot of people drink and drive and dont hide the bottle. I even had my open bear while in the passenger seat and the police seen me and never cared. They thought they can do the same here until I told them the difference.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mic

      If the police saw you had an opened BEAR with you? They were probably really freaked out and left. But if they saw you had an opened BEER with you? you probably would of been thrown the book.

      August 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mommy679

    FLORIDA! What a surprise!

    August 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      I hope you are not really a mother.

      August 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lilly

    The public denfender says it's only a danger if the truck crashes? How about he walks into incoming traffic on both sides and it will only be a danger if they run over him/her several times?

    August 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlwaysTri

      I was just thinking that. "Well, it's only dangerous to store TNT in kitchen if it explodes!" No one would ever be injured, IF whatever injured them didn't happen!

      August 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Susan

    Stupid is as stupid does, Forrest.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    And Casey AntHony is freed, with acquittal of all the charges against her and cleared to make money over the death of Caylee.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • IrishYank2

      Huh?

      August 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Barry G.

    What was the parent thinking, leaving this baby with such an irresponsible person?

    Both the sitter and the parent should be charged, fined and required to attend counseling and parent training classes.

    Isn't it time to require parents to be licensed?

    After all, you have to have a license to go fishing, to go hunting, to operate a motor vehicle, to own a pet–and yet there is little, if any, regulation of the way parents treat their children.

    It's also time to closely monitor and regulate teen parents. It's tragic that they have a first pregnancy, but to allow them to drop out of school, go on welfare, and have baby after baby, all of their childbearing years, is nothing short of outrageous.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      There is at least one license here, the driver's license of the person driving the truck.

      As for a parent license, do you have any sort of plan for implementation? Monitoring would have to be funded. Would the Tea Party cooperate with taxpayer funding of monitoring? What happens if the parents can't do the job? Take the children? Then what? How would this work?

      August 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Take your funding from the welfare system. Children are routinely taken from unfit parents.

      Next..

      August 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ana

    Surprise surprise ...................I am not, Florida.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Shouldn’t your name be begin with a capital a?

      August 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David

    Do animals treat their young ones better? What a wonderful society it has become.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjg

      my grandmother always said that a hog took better care of her piglets then some mothers did their children.

      August 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Elle H

    Child Endangerment Then?? WTH!!

    August 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. El Internet Zoro

    All I think of is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKIgWQv2atM

    August 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Thank God I am a Democrat

    "It's not like they give you a handbook or anything," she said.

    No they don't because this is considered common sense and doesn't require a handbook. At least I thought so until I read this article.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mic

    Her comment was "It's not as if they give you a handbook"? They should throw the book at her just for that statement alone. Absolutely no remorse. God gave you common sense and you used absolutely none of it, That's what your being charged with.....STUPIDITY or how about the Good old Golden Rule? Do unto others as you would like done unto you but then again she might throw her kids in the back of a pickup and have at it

    August 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. EXACTLY

    Common sense... not so common.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      She actually used her common sense - "firm grip." It appears she believed that would be sufficient.

      Perhaps we should have mandatory physics classes. Physics shows us that a firm grip would be worthless.

      There are people (Britney Spears, anyone) that believes (or believed) it's a good idea to have your baby sit on your lap in a motor vehicle. What physics shows us is that the mother is actually using the baby's body as a buffer. (Kill the baby and save the mother...) Pretty sad.

      Perhaps if we required HS physics before granting a driver's license that people might pay more attention to learning math and science. (Or we might need a lot more public transportation.)

      August 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjg

      common sense is wisdom. Not many have it.

      August 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gah

    Look at her dumb face.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Insensitiive

      Ha ha. Look at the funny monkey.

      August 19, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
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