Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

St. Pete mom accused of leaving 2-year-old home while she went drinking in Ybor City

ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg woman is accused of leaving her 2-year-old daughter home alone so she could go drinking in Ybor City, police said.

Jennifer Lea Morgan, 24, was arrested Wednesday morning on a charge of child abuse. Police said she left her child about 9 p.m. Inside Morgan's apartment were liquor bottles and drug paraphernalia, said police spokesman Mike Puetz.

In a statement to police, Morgan said she was out celebrating an award she won at work and had put her daughter to bed. She told police she meant to ask a friend to check on her daughter, but forgot because of all the drinking. She also told police she routinely left her daughter alone.

The girl was found by her grandmother after several hours.

Morgan was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday afternoon in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Follow This Just In on Twitter.

St. Pete mom accused of leaving 2-year-old home while she went drinking in Ybor City 02/03/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 3, 2011 4:13pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Review / photos: Sunset Music Festival wraps up with Above and Beyond, more at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa

    Blogs

    The first numbers trickled in on Sunday, and they didn't look great.

    Louis the Child performed at the Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium on May 28, 2017.
  2. Philippines forces make gains in city under siege by ISIS-linked militants

    MARAWI, Philippines — Philippine forces say they now control most of a southern city where militants linked to the Islamic State group launched a bloody siege nearly a week ago.

  3. Rays exhausted but happy after 15-inning win over Twins (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Before the Rays eventually won Sunday's 6½-hour, 15-inning marathon against the Twins 8-6, they did plenty to lose it. And we need to get that out of the way first.

    The Rays’ Evan Longoria enjoys a laugh after scoring, barely, to tie it in the ninth on Steven Souza Jr.’s two-out single.
  4. Tom Jones' Two Cents: ABC's Indy 500 coverage is stellar again

    TV and Radio

    Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Takuma Sato left, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 as Helio Castroneves is a little late passing him. ABC’s coverage of the race is stellar throughout, with plenty of extras but no fake drama.
  5. Takuma Sato surprise winner of wreck-filled Indy 500

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Takuma Sato, a journeyman driver, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he held off three-time champion Helio Castroneves in a 230-mph wheel-rubbing duel to the finish.

    Scott Dixon’s car goes over the top of Jay Howard, soaring so high that Helio Castroneves drove under it while it was airborne. Stunningly, there were no serious injuries.