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Pasco woman was in stupor as child wandered, deputies say



PORT RICHEY — A woman was driving on McKinley Drive on Tuesday when a 2-year-old boy toddled out in front of her car.

The woman managed to miss the boy, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report says, but when she got out of the car, there was no adult to be found. The woman scooped up the little boy and brought the child to her house, also on McKinley Drive, then went door-to-door looking for his caregiver.

A short while later, the report says, the woman found Nisha Cathleen Prata, 29, in a Xanax-induced stupor. Prata slurred her words, kept falling asleep while talking with the other woman "and had no idea (the child) was out in the street or how long he had been outside," the report says.

The report does not list Prata's relationship to the child.

Deputies arrived and arrested Prata of Port Richey on a charge of child neglect.

She remained Wednesday in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Pasco woman was in stupor as child wandered, deputies say 03/27/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:53pm]
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