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Largo police arrest alleged baby dangler

LARGO — A 49-year-old woman was arrested Sunday after, police said, she dangled her 1-year-old grandson off a second floor balcony.

Joann Royster, who lives in an apartment complex in the 2700 block of Roosevelt Boulevard, was arrested around 7 p.m. on a charge of felony child abuse.

According to Largo police, Royster was intoxicated and involved in an argument with a neighbor when she held the child over the balcony and "moved him as though she was going to drop him from the second floor."

Two witnesses told police they believed the child would have died had he slipped from Royster's grasp. Royster denied the allegation.

On Monday afternoon, she was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Largo police arrest alleged baby dangler 02/01/10 [Last modified: Monday, February 1, 2010 12:51pm]

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