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Mother arrested, accused of using kids to beg for money

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Updated: 10/07/2013 8:01 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A mother of four is in jail on charges of resisting arrest and soliciting in parking lots and buildings.

Police say she used her children to beg for money.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office took a call about a woman and several small children panhandling at the Oak Leaf Town Center on Friday afternoon.

Alina Antonescu, 25, told police she was only asking for work. But an officer found $200 in cash and 11 gift cards from various businesses.

The arresting officer told the woman he was going to arrest her for panhandling and obstructing traffic and asked her over and over to get into the patrol car.  She refused.

The officer also noticed her children running in and out of the street.

The officer then put her in handcuffs and carried her to the patrol car.

The children started crying.  The officer called their father who gathered up the children.

Police say officers warned Antonescu multiple times in the past not to panhandle.  They've also seen her panhandling in the hot sun with her children, aged 9, 6, 5 and 2, for hours at a time.

Each time, she's assured police her kids had food and water, according to the arrest report.
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rebekah - 10/8/2013 4:28 PM
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my classmate's step-mother makes $74 every hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for five months but last month her check was $15064 just working on the computer for a few hours. look at here...... ??? W­W­W.D­a­y­3­5.Co­M ???

nativejax - 10/8/2013 12:41 AM
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She's doing this for profit and getting quite a lot of loot too. If she uses that 'I'm too poor to feed my kids' act then the kids need to go to someone who can take care of them. The dad was there too...so CLEARLY they not only endangering their kids life's, they are teaching them to be 'con artists'. They need to be removed from their custody until they can prove they can take care of them properly.

Melx32007 - 10/7/2013 8:40 PM
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Thank god I saw her that afternoon and many other afternoons. One day it was over 98 degrees and she had those 4 babies out there. She belongs in jail! Real change know the facts. We who live in Oakleaf see her drive off in her nice van she parks around the corner. This day she was arrested I saw her and 2 of the kids panhandling in the town center next to her was a target shopping cart full of target bags with merchandise. I've also seen her with carts full of groceries shopping in the publix. Load up her van then send her kids out begging for more money. We live here, we see her all the time and know her game. She's always doing this and it's disgusting to have your young children in the blazing heat begging for money.

Realchange - 10/7/2013 8:07 PM
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Got wonder with comments like these how it is to be poor.... So begging for money is crime now ?Welcome to police state Amerika...

c9bcrewman - 10/7/2013 4:55 PM
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we need to close our border's. most of scum like this are foreign.

king kaos - 10/7/2013 4:39 PM
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KILL THIS SCUMBAG ALREADY!!! what a piece of useless waste that should have been flushed down societies toilet long ago. HORRIBLE! Poor kids, this nasty waste USES HER KIDS like this and is allowed to live? WHY?

Terri75 - 10/7/2013 3:41 PM
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what a way to get out of paying taxes too :(
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