Police: Mom went to work, left child alone
The 2-year-old was found sleeping and was in good health.
Published: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 9:22 p.m.
A nightclub worker was charged Monday with neglect for leaving her 2-year-old son home alone while she went to work.
Gainesville police arrested Alexandria N. Taylor, 20, of 319 S.E. 14th Lane, for child neglect after determining her son had been left home alone for at least one hour.
Police said the little boy was found sleeping and appeared to be in good health.
Officer Kenneth Davies was sent to Taylor's home at about 8 p.m. Monday to check out a report that Taylor had left her son alone.
Davies said no one answered when he knocked on the door so he called Taylor at a cell phone number police had for her.
Taylor said she was at the RTS bus depot at 300 S.E. Seventh Ave., which is about a mile from her home, and claimed that her son was being cared for at his grandmother's home.
Davies said he asked Taylor to return to the home so he could check her house with her to see that the child was not inside.
According to Davies, Taylor had agreed to return home but did not show up so he called her a second time and made arrangements to pick her up at the bus depot.
In an arrest report, Davies said Taylor was not at the bus depot when he arrived so he headed back toward her home and saw her running toward her house.
Taylor apparently saw Davies and ran into the woods, police said.
Davies said he had to call Taylor several more times to get her to come out of hiding and talk to him.
During their conversation, Taylor told Davies that she left her son at home with someone she didn't know because she had to go to work at Decadence, a downtown nightclub, and the unknown person had left the home minutes earlier.
Following Taylor's arrest, her son was turned over to his grandmother and Taylor was booked into the Alachua County jail.
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