• Mom accused of leaving child at Bridge of Lions in St. Johns County

    By: Kristen Dressel


    ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - A mother is accused of abandoning her child in historic St. Augustine on the Fourth of July.

    The St. Augustine Police Department said they received complaints Monday about Jennifer Belk, 26, of Keystone Heights. Deputies found her walking along the Bridge of Lions, where she admitted to leaving her child near the seawall.

    When asked why, Belk told deputies, "It's legal for me to kill him when he is inside me, but not when he is out?

    The child was found by officers, and wasn't injured, authorities said.

    The Florida Department of Children and Families was notified and took custody of the child.

    Belk was arrested and charged with child neglect.

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