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Babysitter accused of keeping Clearwater girl

Clearwater

Babysitter accused of keeping girl

Authorities on Tuesday arrested a babysitter who didn't return a 2-year-old child to her mother for nearly two days. Jacquelyn Yvette Johnson, 37, was charged with interference with child custody, a third-degree felony. Johnson was supposed to return Talayah Iyonna Gamble to her mother on Sunday, but didn't, Clearwater police said. Authorities found the missing child, who will turn 3 in July, unharmed on Tuesday evening with Johnson. They were in Tampa, according to Clearwater police. Gamble's mother, who was not identified, reported the child missing about 7 p.m. Monday. Johnson told police she just didn't feel like returning the girl yet, said Joelle Castelli, Clearwater city spokeswoman. Johnson made no accusations against the child's mother and said her phone was not working, Castelli said. But detectives said Johnson's cell phone was on. The child and babysitter were found at an apartment at 4515 N Rome Ave. The home belongs to a friend of Johnson's, police said. Johnson was also charged with two counts of violating her probation on petit theft charges. On Wednesday afternoon, she was held without bail in Pinellas County Jail.

Clearwater

Two men rob and cut cabbie

Police were looking for two young men they say cut and punched a cabdriver during a robbery Wednesday. The men flagged down the cabdriver near Roosevelt Boulevard and Alma Avenue about 1:30 a.m., police said. They told him to drive to Douglas Avenue and Russell Street, about 9 miles away. There, the two men held a knife to the driver's throat and demanded money, police said. The driver, John Agar, 40, of Tampa, gave them some money and tried grabbing one of the robbers as he left the cab. Police said the robbers punched Agar several times. He was cut by the knife during the scuffle. The two men ran away. Agar was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening. Police described the robbers as males between 18 and 20 years old in dark clothing; one had dreadlocks. Police ask anyone with information to call (727) 562-4080.

Largo

Deputy is accused of domestic abuse

A Pinellas County sheriff's deputy is accused of battering his estranged wife during an argument about their pending divorce, authorities said. Deputy George D. Moffett, 39, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. According to investigators, Moffett was off-duty Tuesday when he met with his wife to talk about their divorce proceedings. The wife, who was not identified, told deputies Moffett grabbed her left arm as they argued. She had a visible injury, according to the Sheriff's Office. She reported the incident Wednesday morning. Investigating deputies arrested Moffett after interviewing him. On Wednesday afternoon, Moffett was held in the Pinellas County Jail; bail had not been set. The Sheriff's Office opened an internal investigation. Moffett, a patrol deputy, was hired in March 2006. He makes $42,601 annually.

Babysitter accused of keeping Clearwater girl 05/05/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 9:02pm]

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