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. outawork

    The baby probably has a higher IQ.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RAF

    Here is the video of the incident captured by the police officer.
    http://youtu.be/NzySWw59Hic

    August 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Frank Huff

    Come on, cut people some slack! Investigating mother?
    There are more important work to do than giving this ignorant woman hell for what she did.
    A warning, fine is good enough

    August 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LabDog

    WOW just WOW

    August 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Woody20

    "It's not like they give you a handbook or anything"

    August 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. deathwombat

    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.

    OMG, that's the defense? "It's only dangerous if the car crashes"! That's the whole point! If she had crashed, the baby would have been harmed to a much greater extent than if the baby had been in a child seat inside the vehicle. You don't need a manual to know that, it's obvious!

    August 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. maggie

    handbook? life does not come with a handbook but you somehow figure stuff out – common sense lady!

    August 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Wildone

    Some people shouldn't be allowed to breed. And other people shouldn't be allowed to babysit their kids when they do.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Terri

    I am NOT reading any more of this!! I am laughing so hard that it's making me hurt!!!

    August 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. criminaljusticestudent

    Really? someone needs a handbook to tell them that placing a baby in the back of a moving vehicle without any proper restraints isn't legal? this woman is an idiot and should be locked up and never allowed to have children. If that vehicle had been hit and the baby killed, then she would be charged with manslaughter or vehicular homicide

    August 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Derek

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

    So by that reasoning, I can drive at 100mph and only be fined if I crash cause damage?

    August 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Headin' on down to the "Hope and Change Rally", daddy-baby in tow....

    August 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JOH

    This girl lacks common sense. You're right, there ISN'T a handbook... BECAUSE IT'S COMMON SENSE!? Infants need special seat belt strap seats just to ride the car. Putting them on the back of a pickup didn't even seem REMOTELY dangerous? An adult chillin on the pickup while the car is moving will get pulled over.

    This just brings the black image down...

    August 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mr Mxylprlxk

    NINETY PERCENT OF ALL PEOPLE ARE STUPID THESE DAYS. WAY STUPID, NOT JUST "DIDN'T-GO-TO-COLLEGE STUPID, BUT STUPID LIKE THIS. AMERICA ISN'T GOING TO BE ANYWHERE TO LIVE BY 2030!

    August 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      No difference than not reporting your child missing for 31 days and throwing her body in a pet cemetery

      August 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. drunkenarizona

    "Imagine if the driver hit a bump. Imagine if there was an accident. There are all sorts of horrible scenarios."

    Lame CNN style reportage. CNN, as long as you creep in the mud you will always be the number 3 cable news station. Try being serious for a change.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
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