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Mother of baby thrown on I-275 reported missing, is located by deputies

TAMPA — Foster parents for Jasmine Bedwell, mother of a baby thrown onto Interstate 275 in May, reported her missing Wednesday morning.

Bedwell's foster mother notified authorities at 9:57 a.m., saying the last time she'd seen Bedwell was 8 p.m. Tuesday, a Hillsborough County sheriff's spokeswoman said.

Deputies found the 17-year-old at 12:20 p.m. at Kimmins Early Head Start Center, 1502 E Second Ave. in Tampa, where she is enrolled in GED classes.

When deputies attempted to talk with her, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter, she became "belligerent and started yelling and screaming obscenities at the detective."

The detective tried to explain that he was there to ensure her safety, Carter said.

"As soon as she saw him and he identified himself as a sheriff's deputy, she just started using the F-bomb and 'Why are you bothering me?' and 'Why are you here?' " Carter said.

Bedwell then tried to pull away from the detective. The detective pulled her to the ground, Carter said, and placed her in handcuffs.

She was released back to her foster parent. But detectives have charged her with resisting an officer without violence.

Carter said Bedwell offered no explanation about where she'd been or why she left.

Mother of baby thrown on I-275 reported missing, is located by deputies 07/01/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 2, 2009 8:18am]
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