Thursday, December 14, 2017
Public safety

Mom who took toddler from Tampa hospital faces abuse charge

TAMPA — A mother who disappeared after taking her 2-year-old daughter from a hospital against doctors' advice after the girl had surgery turned herself in Friday, Tampa police said.

Teosha Blackmon's daughter, Constance Bostick, was admitted to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital for surgery May 10. An hour after the surgery, Blackmon removed her daughter's IVs and took her, police said.

Hospital staff contacted police, but officers couldn't find them.

Blackmon, 29, turned herself in Friday and faces a child abuse charge. Her daughter was admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital for observation and appeared to be in good health, police said.

Blackmon faces unrelated arrest warrants for felony grand theft and probation violation charges, police said.

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