South Daytona, FL – Two parents are facing child neglect charges after they fall asleep in the back of a pickup, leaving their child to wander around a park alone.
Just after 8 p.m. on Saturday (April 13th), South Daytona police responded to Reed Canal Park after someone call law enforcement and said they had found a child.
When police met with the reporting party, they said that they were at the park with their three daughters when they noticed a young child, around two or three-years-old, walking around by herself.
The girl was also walking around in a bathing suit and appeared dirty, according to the witness.
An officer found the child and tried asking her where her mother was, but the child was not able to talk to the officers.
Witnesses told South Daytona police that they check for her parents before calling police, but could not find them.
Officers canvassed the area in search for the parents as the girl played in the park while she was supervised by police and witnesses. But, as she was playing, she ran over to a blue pickup truck.
In that truck, officers found a male sleeping in the front seat with another child while 28-year-old Taylor Sarro and 29-year-old Brant Kipe slept in the back of the truck.
Officers talked to Sarro and Kipe, who admitted that the lost girl was their daughter and she was with them in the truck when they fell asleep.
Both Kipe and Sarro were arrested and booked at Volusia County Jail, charged with child neglect and given $5,000 bond each.
Sarro, who was already on active felony probation for child neglect, was additionally charged with violating her probation.
According to SDPD’s report, when Sarro and Kipe were placed into holding cells, they seemed unbothered by the fact they were arrested as they were laughing and making jokes to each other from their separate cells.