ST. PETERSBURG — A 25-year-old man is accused of abandoning his 7-week-old son on a sidewalk after a heavy night of drinking on Monday, according to police.
Robert Deforest of Pinellas Park and his girlfriend, Rosie Bullock, the boy's mother, were drinking at a Fourth of July party at 288 Beach Drive NE.
As the night drew to a close, they argued about who was in better shape to drive, police said.
Bullock kept the car keys and Deforest took their son downstairs from the party.
When she went downstairs sometime later, about 9:30 p.m., Deforest and the infant were missing, according to police. Bullock and her sister began looking for her son and called police.
A passer-by eventually found the child alone about 11 p.m. at 832 Bay Street NE on a porch. His one-piece jumper was wet from the rain. The boy's baby stroller was about 20 feet away on the sidewalk. Deforest was nowhere to be seen.
Police found Bullock's ID in the stroller and contacted her. She met up with the child at All Children's Hospital, where he was taken for examination, police said.
Deforest was found a few hours later, about 4:30 a.m., at the Shell gas station at 10600 Roosevelt Blvd. after he was caught stealing a 10-pound bag of ice, police said. The ice was valued at $2.69.
Police said Deforest had no memories of the night's events.
When asked about his son's whereabouts, he told police: "I guess he's with his mother."
Deforest faces charges of child abuse and petty theft. He was being held Tuesday at the Pinellas County Jail on $5,250 bail.