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Clearwater police arrest two on child neglect and other charges

CLEARWATER — Police arrested a man and a woman in two separate child neglect cases Wednesday, according to arrest reports.

In the first case, Clearwater police said 32-year-old Misty M. Mantooth of 24 S Hillcrest Ave., No. 2, left a 16-year-old girl alone in a hotel room while she solicited people — including an undercover police officer — for prostitution Wednesday afternoon.

According to reports, Mantooth approached an undercover officer's vehicle around 2:20 p.m. in the area of San Remo and DeLeon avenues and offered to perform oral sex for $30, saying she needed the money to pay her rent.

After police found she had left the teenager alone, they contacted the state Department of Children and Families, which took custody of the girl, according to reports.

Mantooth was charged with child neglect and prostitution. On Thursday afternoon, she was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $5,250 bail. She does not have a criminal record in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

In the other case, police arrested Jason M. Butler, 31, of 3617 Sammy Court, Palm Harbor. Police said Butler was seen dealing drugs on the street while a 2-year-old boy sat in his car around 8:50 p.m. in the 700 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Street in Clearwater.

Police said they found Butler with more than an ounce and half of marijuana, some of it packaged for sale. Butler admitted the marijuana belonged to him but denied selling it, reports said.

Pinellas court records show Butler pleaded no contest to cocaine possession in 2006. Adjudication was withheld and he was sentenced to two years of drug offender probation. In September he pleaded guilty to marijuana possession. Adjudication was withheld in that case also, meaning he was not formally convicted.

Butler was charged with child neglect and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. On Thursday afternoon, he was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Police did not disclose whether Mantooth or Butler were related to the children who were in their care when they were arrested.

Clearwater police arrest two on child neglect and other charges 04/14/11 [Last modified: Thursday, April 14, 2011 9:14pm]

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