DeLand, FL – A man and woman were arrested in DeLand after they were found at a Circle K parking lot passed out in a car and carrying drugs while a baby, approximately eight months old, was in the back seat with a saturated diaper.
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) says a deputy noticed the two passed out in the vehicle with the windows fogged up and the driver’s side door open at around 3:15 AM Tuesday at the Circle K located at 2095 E. New York Ave. The vehicle seemed to have been there for an extended period of time, according to reports.
When the deputy noticed the infant in the back seat, the baby’s diaper was soiled to the point where it was evident that the diaper had not been changed recently, and the car seat was saturated with fluids from the diaper. According to VCSO, the baby was sweating profusely, appeared dirty, and cried for an empty bottle when she saw it.
The deputy woke up the man and the woman. The woman in the front passenger’s seat, 34-year-old Kimberly McCaffrey of DeLand, was highly disoriented. She did not recall where she was, and she had difficulty spelling her name. A clear plastic baggie was found with residue in her left front pocket, and that residue tested positive for opiates, according to VCSO.
The man, 33-year-old Sean Gannon, was in the driver’s seat with the key in the ignition, and deputies later found track marks on his arm indicating intravenous drug use. He had a syringe in his left front pocket which also tested positive for opiates. According to VCSO records, Gannon is a transient.
Andrew Gant, a spokesman for VCSO, says that opioid abuse cases like this one are all too common and that these cases are a sign of an epidemic. “These drugs, when people abuse them, it’s not just them that they’re affecting. These things touch the lives of families and everybody involved in their life,” explains Gant.
Both McCaffrey and Gannon were placed under arrest and taken to the Volusia County Jail. McCaffrey is charged with child neglect and possession of opiates. Gannon is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.
The child is now in the care of the Department of Children and Families. “The goal here is to make sure the child is healthy, happy, and has a good living situation going forward,” says Gant.
You can find surveillance video of the incident from VCSO here.
(McCaffrey’s mugshot courtesy Volusia County jail)
(Gannon’s mugshot courtesy Volusia County jail)
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