CARROLLWOOD — A 31-year-old man was arrested Monday, accused of smoking synthetic marijuana in his car with a 10-year-old boy inside, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.
On Sunday about 8:30 p.m., Lisandro Brito's son called and asked for a ride home after leaving Busch Gardens. Brito told his son to wait in front of a CVS store at Florida Avenue and Busch Boulevard, deputies said. Brito drove away in his car, accompanied by another 10-year-old boy he knows.
Brito's son waited about three hours, and his father never showed up. Finally, the boy approached nearby Tampa Police officers, who gave him a ride home to 8011 Ford Place.
When Brito's son got home, the father of the other boy realized his son was still with Brito.
He called Brito's cellphone and his son answered, deputies said. The boy said he was in Brito's car in a parking lot along Busch Boulevard. The father called 911.
At 2 a.m. Monday, deputies found Brito's car at 4014 W Linebaugh Ave. The boy was inside, along with Brito, who was asleep. The car's windows were open, and the doors were unlocked.
The boy told the Sheriff's Office Brito had stopped at a convenience store hours earlier and purchased synthetic marijuana.
Brito was arrested and faces a child neglect charge.
He was booked into the Hillsborough County jail, where he remained Tuesday in lieu of $2,000 bail.