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Father accused of child neglect

A man is accused of child neglect for failing to take his 2-year-old son to the hospital after the boy suffered second-degree burns on his foot three weeks ago, Sheriff's Office reports said.

Dennis Alan Smith, 25, told sheriff's deputies he did not take the boy to see a doctor because he didn't have the money, reports say.

The child was burned on his right foot Oct. 15 when a cinder flew out of a trash fire in the family's yard on Peace Boulevard, officials said.

The case was reported to the Sheriff's Office after a neighbor called Pasco County Fire-Rescue. Doctors who examined the boy said there was a risk of infection because the injury had gone untreated for so long, sheriff's reports said.

Smith was booked at the county jail and released on his own recognizance.

Driver charged in accident

that left rider paralyzed

DADE CITY _ A 20-year-old man was charged Tuesday with drunken driving in connection with a July accident that left a man paralyzed, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Kelly Stephenson France, of 27430 Miller Road, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.09 percent when he crashed his 1995 Nissan on July 19 near Prospect Road and Clinton Avenue, reports said.

Jeremiah K. Swindell, 21, was thrown from the front seat of the car and is paralyzed from his injuries, officials said. France, a student at Pasco-Hernando Community College, suffered a broken leg. He told a witness that he was drinking beer before the crash.

Charged with driving under the influence with property damage and serious bodily injury, France was booked into the county jail and released on $5,500 bail.

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