Police: Mother Abandons 1-Year-Old At Mailbox, Returns To Drop Off His Bags

Palmetto, Fla. (CBS TAMPA) — A Florida woman was arrested on Sunday after allegedly dropping her 1-year old son off at a front-yard mailbox and later returning to leave two bags with the toddler’s belongings in the lawn of an unrelated woman.

Manatee County Sheriff’s deputies say Erin Carnes, 27, left her 1-year old son at the 1600 Block of 17th Street next to a mailbox she believed belonged to the toddler’s father. The woman who lived at the home, Jauquita Sails, told WFTS-TV she had never agreed to accepting the child, who she discovered only by seeing the young boy crawling near the side of the road next to afternoon traffic.

As Sails brought the child into safety, Carnes returned to the mailbox and dropped off two bags of the boy’s belongings, before driving off again and becoming involved in an accident near the Green Bridge.

Following the accident, police were able to get a hold of Carnes as she threatened to jump off the bridge.

Carnes was sent to a nearby hospital before being booked into Manatee County custody on charges of child abandonment, according to WFTS. She told investigators that the she believed the home to be that of the child’s father, but Sails said he does not live there, and she did not give Carnes permission to leave the child at her home.

Carnes remains in custody and the child is now staying with her grandmother.

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