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Child found wandering in diaper, T-shirt; mother charged

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Updated: 5/20/2013 3:43 pm
BRADFORD COUNTY, Fla. -- A local mom is facing charges after her young son wandered away.

The boy was with his mother at a motel in Starke when he slipped out the door and walked down a dirt road in just a T-shirt and diaper.

A woman found him crying in her yard on NW 36th Avenue.  She waited 30 minutes to see if anyone would come looking for the little boy before calling the Bradford County Sheriff's Office.

The boy is in good condition.

Investigators say the deadbolt on the motel door was broken, which allowed the boy to get outside.

The sheriff's office says it has been dealing with this family for weeks, and the family's also been under investigation by the Department of Children & Families before.

The boy and his four siblings are with relatives.

Stephanie Jane Jenkins has been charged with child neglect.  She's due to appear in court Tuesday morning.

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nativejax - 5/20/2013 9:18 PM
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Thank you whosaynocan, I truly beleive it was everyone's Prayers that finally got my Grandson out of that abusive place. And for that I want to thank everyone who placed us in their Prayers. I can tell you horror stories as to what his mom and her sorry boyfriend did to him for the 1st 4 1/2 years of his life. The 'weakest' are the ones who NEED more laws to help protect them, and as it stands right now, the laws are failing them big time.

imtellin - 5/20/2013 9:08 PM
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well we don't know any of the facts.. though the police stating they have been "dealing with the family for weeks",,, says volumes.. let's hope the family gets itself together for the kids sake !!!

whosaysnocan - 5/20/2013 5:43 PM
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Prayers for your grandson nativejax. I know you & I do not agree on some issues, but we do agree that children need to be protected~even from the mother. The "tragedy" with this is that there are several children besides this little guy. Pray for these children and for the family members that are caring for them. I pray they are competent as the mother of these children obviously is not.

TOMMY - 5/20/2013 4:42 PM
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Probably a crack whore or prositute, take the kid away and place him in a loving home

nativejax - 5/20/2013 3:26 PM
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If this sorry mom gets them back, it will only be worse for these poor children. I truly believe some people have no business having kids at all. My grandson was found the same way walking down a dark street by a State Patrol Officer in Indiana and the Officer TOOK HIM DOOR TO DOOR TO FIND WHERE HE BELONGED and gave him back to her! I filed neglect charges with CDFS and after another year of neglect and severe abuse we FINALLY got custody of him:) He's here with me and his Daddy now but he has daily mental and emotional problems that somehow with a lot of patience and God's help, we will help him out grow and forget.

Lulu2013 - 5/20/2013 12:50 PM
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Very sad.
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