Yesterday afternoon just after 5 p.m., three children were removed from their mothers’ care after deputies found them to be in imminent danger.
Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an anonymous 911 emergency call reporting a possible vehicle burglary taking place by a female in the parking lot of the Brook Haven Apartment Complex on Crystal Brook Circle in Brooksville.
According to investigators, Deputy Aaron Cochrane arrived on scene and located a gray Mitsubishi bearing the same Florida tag number the anonymous caller reported. Deputy Cochrane approached the running vehicle and recognized a white female sitting in the driver’s seat, with a baby, in a car-seat, in the rear of the vehicle.
Deputy Cochran recognized the woman from a call the day before where she had overdosed. Hernando County Fire Rescue revived her with Narcan.
Just before the overdose on Saturday, 09-14-19, the female had been released from the Hernando County Detention Center on a charge of Burglary. At the time of that overdose, the female was in possession of a unique spoon, exactly the same type of spoon that was in her vehicle on Sunday, 09-15-19.
As Deputy Cochrane approached the female (driver) to ask whether her vehicle had been burglarized, he observed a syringe with an orange cap on it sitting on the front passenger seat. Sitting next to the syringe was a spoon, with white residue on it. A field test of the residue in the spoon revealed the presence of methamphetamine.
The female was placed under arrest.
During questioning the female, who appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine, said that she only knew the first name of the baby, did not know the baby’s date of birth, or the legal name(s) of the baby’s parents.
Upon providing a nickname for the father of the baby, deputies were able to locate contact information for the father, a convicted felon, through Hernando County Sheriff’s Office databases.
Investigators say the father was notified of the situation and given the opportunity to pick up his baby. He agreed but never showed up.
While waiting for the father to arrive, deputies continued questioning the female about the drugs and paraphernalia inside the car. She denied ownership, saying the drugs belonged to the baby’s father.
A short time later, two adult females arrived at the scene, one of whom claimed to be the mother of the baby. The female had no documentation to support this claim. Deputies on scene noted that both females also appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine and/or some other narcotics.
A records check revealed the female claiming to be the mother of the child was currently out on bond, from recent methamphetamine, retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.
The two females also had two more children in their vehicle. The female identifying herself as the mother of the baby refused to identify the children in the vehicle, when asked by the deputy.
When the female, claiming to be the baby’s mother, was asked by the deputy how she knew the female who had already been placed under arrest, the female’s response was that she did not know her; she only knew that she was recently released from jail on “drug charges.”
At that time the decision was made to contact the Department of Children of Families (DCF) regarding the welfare of the three children on scene.
All three children were removed from their mothers and turned over to a relative, as they were considered in imminent danger while in the care of the women.