West Palm Beach, FL: A South Florida woman is facing charges after authorities say she left two young children alone in a parking lot while she attended a Lil Wayne concert.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports that employees at the Cruzan Amphitheatre first spotted the children – ages 3 and 5 – around 7 p.m. Sunday. An employee eventually questioned the children, who said their mother had gone to the concert.
The Palm Beach Post reports that deputies caught up with 25-year-old Brittany Nicole Harris as she left the concert. Authorities said Harris initially told deputies her cousin had brought the children but later acknowledged that she had left them in the car.
Harris was arrested and charged with two counts of child neglect. She was later released on $20,000 bail.
Child welfare workers took the children.
Pensacola, FL: A Pensacola woman was arrested after she threw her baby at a deputy trying to arrest her for shoplifting, a news release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said. The infant was not injured, but 23-year-old Ashley Taylor Wright, of the 1200 block of Wilson Avenue, now faces several charges, including child abuse.
The incident occurred at the Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther on Monday evening after Wright used her baby stroller to smuggle about $260 worth of clothing out of a Dillard’s dressing room, the release said. As a deputy approached Wright in her car in the mall parking lot, she told her husband to leave. Two small children also were in the car.
When the deputy tried to get her out of the car, she reportedly held up the baby in the carrier and told the deputy, “You will have to shoot through the baby to get me.” She then ran from the vehicle, tossing the carrier containing the 14-pound infant at the deputy, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Wright fell as she fled and resisted the deputy when he attempted to take her into custody. She received a laceration to her head from the fall and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. She was charged with child abuse without bodily harm, petty theft and resisting an officer without violence.
New Port Richey, FL: Kimberly Womack went through the drive-thru at a Mickey D’s in New Port Richey, Fla., early Sunday morning and demanded two free Big Macs because she wasn’t impressed with the ones she had eaten previously. When employees told her Big Macs weren’t available because the restaurant was in the middle of breakfast, she demanded two free Egg McMuffins, TampaBay.com reported. When employees denied that request, Womack, 34, refused to leave. She sat in her car at the drive-thru window for more than 10 minutes as more and more cars stacked up behind her, WTSP-TV reported.
When police arrived on the scene, Womack explained that her rights were being violated. The responding officers said they smelled alcohol on her breath. A subsequent test showed her blood alcohol content to be .108, BayNews9.com reported.
New Castle, DE: Frank J. Short was arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly throwing a glob of his own semen onto the back of a 20-year-old female shopper at a Walmart in New Castle, Del., because, he later told police, he thought the woman was attractive.
The victim was texting when Short, 22, allegedly walked past her, saying “Excuse me.” Seconds later, she “suddenly felt something wet on her buttocks, thigh and leg,” according to a Delaware State Police report obtained by The Smoking Gun. At first, she thought that Short had sneezed or spat on her, until she noticed the gooey glob just below her knee, Delaware Online reported.
Short continued to follow the victim around the Walmart until she was forced to take refuge in an Employees Only area. Two workers there escorted her to the security office where she called the police, WPVI-TV reported. Delaware State Troopers arrived at the store and charged the suspect with offensive touching with bodily fluid, harassment, lewdness, and disorderly conduct.
When troopers interrogated Short, he first told them he had accidentally “flung” some mucus on the victim after sneezing into his hands. Then he said that he threw some of his spit on the victim whom “he felt was hot,” Gawker reported.
After further interrogation, he allegedly told officers he “basically gets a thrill out of such an act.” It is unknown if he carried the bodily fluid in a container.