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Pinellas deputies: Man takes child in stroller to drug deal

DUNEDIN — A man brought a child in a stroller to a drug deal, witnesses said, and then left the child behind after the deal went bad.

David Hysel Kelly, 33, was arrested Saturday evening and faces a count of child neglect, a felony, after witnesses told authorities about an incident that happened earlier.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office did not name the child, but said in an arrest report that Kelly is the child's sole caregiver.

Witnesses gave the Sheriff's Office the following account:

Kelly arranged to buy a controlled substance from a drug dealer just before 7 p.m. Saturday. He brought a child in a stroller along with him to the area around Aristotle Street and Platon Avenue.

The dealer pulled up. Kelly pushed the stroller close to the car and sat down next to the dealer. The car then sped off, nearly striking the stroller, and Kelly was dragged on the street, saying he left his wallet in the car.

After falling off the car and recovering, Kelly started walking away, leaving the stroller and child in the street. Witnesses scolded him, and he retrieved the child and headed home.

Kelly was being held Sunday night in the Pinellas County Jail on $10,000 bail.

Pinellas deputies: Man takes child in stroller to drug deal 06/03/12 [Last modified: Sunday, June 3, 2012 11:37pm]
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