ST. PETERSBURG —A 23-year-old man who brought his newborn son to a drug deal told police he was selling to "support" his kids, police said.
John Lee Davis of St. Petersburg told police he needed to sell drugs because he does not have a job, according to an arrest affidavit. "It might not be right, but I got to support them," an officer wrote in his report after Davis' Wednesday night arrest.
Authorities say Davis brought the boy, just shy of 1 month old, with him to a home at 131 Fourth Ave. N to sell drugs. Davis had 25 pieces of crack cocaine on him, police said, as well as 10 oxycodone pills.
St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz said the department's Street Crimes Unit spotted Davis' 2005 red Nissan Altima driving erratically at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Officers followed the car to the above address and saw a man approach the car, then leave with a plastic bag filled with white powder.
The man who approached the car, later identified as Daniel Medina Garcia, 30, of St. Petersburg stuffed the bag in his mouth, tried to run and then fought with officers who tackled him, Puetz said.
Meanwhile, other officers spoke with Davis, who allowed them to search his car, Puetz said. They found the drugs and baby inside.
Davis, who already faced charges of drug possession and violating probation from a previous robbery case, remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday without bail. He was arrested on drug charges as well as child neglect.
Garcia was arrested on charges of resisting arrest, assaulting an officer, tampering with evidence and drug possession. He is in jail in lieu of $35,500 bail.