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Pair accused of neglect for leaving 2-year-old alone on a Brooksville road

BROOKSVILLE — Two people were accused of child neglect after each left a 2-year-old sweltering in stroller on Monday thinking the other adult was taking care of the child.

A deputy found the boy clad only in a soaked diaper siting in a stroller in the road in the middle of the Big Tree Mobile Home Park at 6130 Broad St. at 10:50 a.m., according to a Hernando County Sheriff's report.

The temperature was about 90 degrees, the report states, and the child had no shelter, clothing or water to prevent dehydration.

The report states that Ruthann Gomez, 23, believed that Terry Taylor, 54, was watching the child. Taylor told a deputy that he thought that Gomez had come by and picked up the child while he was sleeping. Taylor noticed the child was missing at around 8 a.m., the report states.

Both Gomez and Taylor were arrested on a single charge of child neglect.

Pair accused of neglect for leaving 2-year-old alone on a Brooksville road 06/21/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 9:31pm]
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