Grandmother arrested after boy, 2, found running in road


Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 4:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 4:35 p.m.

A Gainesville woman was arrested Monday after police say a 2-year-old boy she was supposed to be supervising wandered onto Hawthorne Road, where he was rescued by a passing deputy.

Anita Lassabe, 57, of 2130 SE Hawthorne Road Lot 4, was watching her daughter's two sons in front of her house at 12:30 p.m. when the boys went inside the house. The youngest boy, who is 2, went out the back door and onto Southeast Hawthorne Road, according to a Gainesville Police report.

An Alachua County Sheriff's Office lieutenant was headed west on the road when he saw the boy running. He stopped and grabbed the boy before he could be struck by cars.

The deputy took the boy back into the mobile park home, but no one was around to claim him, the report said.

A few minutes later, Lassabe and her daughter came outside and Lassabe told investigators she thought the boy was inside. She said she did not know the back door was unlocked, the report stated, and she admitted that she should have been watching the boy.

Lassabe, who is a registered sex offender, was arrested on a charge of child neglect. She was being held without bond at the Alachua County jail on Tuesday.

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