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Tampa mother, 19, accused of leaving baby home alone with stove on

TAMPA — A woman accused of leaving her 15-month-old child alone in an apartment with the stove on was arrested over the weekend.

Barbara Davis, 19, and the baby's father began to argue over who would stay in the apartment at 12736 N 17th St. with the child Saturday about 8 p.m.

They left the apartment and continued to argue outside the complex. Davis had been cooking food for the baby, but did not turn off the stove as she left her home, an arrest affidavit shows.

The baby was alone for about 30 minutes. The food on the stove started to burn, filling the apartment with thick, heavy smoke and causing the smoke alarm to go off, according to the affidavit. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue arrived and ventilated the apartment.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Davis, who faces a child neglect charge.

Davis was booked into the Hillsborough County jail, where she remained Monday without bail.

Tampa mother, 19, accused of leaving baby home alone with stove on 10/29/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 29, 2012 7:15pm]
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