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Polk man left child on side of road because he thought he might be gay, police say

“The police will find you a new home," the man said to the child, according to police.
Evenaud Julmeus mugshot.
Evenaud Julmeus mugshot. [ Haines City Police Department ]
Published Dec. 10, 2019
Updated Dec. 10, 2019

A Haines City man ditched a child on the side of the road last week after thinking he may be gay, police say.

Evenaud Julmeus, 30, was arrested and charged with three counts of child neglect. Police did not identify if the child, whose name and age was not released, was Julmeus’ son.

A police report says that Julemus and the child got in an argument at home about the boy’s sexuality. Then, police say, Julmeus told the boy to pack a duffel bag and get into his vehicle.

Julmeus drove to the Haines City Police Department, police say, and made the boy get out while saying “the police will find you a new home.”

The incident occurred after 9 p.m., police say, meaning the department’s building was closed. Police said the boy was left with just a few articles of clothing and no food, water, money or phone.

Julmeus, meanwhile, made no attempt to contact police, the department said.

Police say a bystander who saw the incident alerted police. When the boy was found, he was “very upset and crying,” according to the police report.

“To leave a child all alone in a strange place in the middle of the night is an unconscionable thing to do,” said Haines City Police Chief Jim Elensky. “We commend the witness who took it upon themselves to seek help for this child. We need more people like our witness and fewer people like our suspect.”