Convicted felon back in jail on child abuse, weapons charges

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 8:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 8:22 p.m.

A man who had been released early from prison on a burglary conviction was back in jail Thursday afternoon on new charges of child abuse and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Durwood Horne, 38, was idling in the fire lane on the south side of J.C. Penney, located at 6481 W. Newberry Road, when a Gainesville Police Department officer approached his vehicle shortly after 2 p.m. The officer smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and observed a 1- year-old girl freely moving about inside the car, police reported.

When asked about the marijuana smell, Horne admitted to smoking earlier and acknowledged a joint in the ashtray, according to the arrest report. The arresting officer recovered the joint and also found a baggie of marijuana inside the 1-year-old’s diaper bag, which was open and accessible to the child, police reported. Also found in the vehicle was an SKS rifle and its detached magazine.

Horne is a convicted felon on early release status. The child belongs to his girlfriend, who works at J.C. Penney. A background check revealed a court order for the girlfriend not to have contact with the child, stemming from a child neglect charge. The Department of Children and Families responded to the scene and released the child to her mother’s sister.

Horne remained jailed Friday in lieu of a $9,000 bond.

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