• David Smith

Florida man accused of leaving his child out during Irma


On Sept. 12, 2017, Angelo Mitchell, 36, from Jasper, Fla., allegedly left his 19-month old daughter outside during Hurricane Irma. According to WCTV, “The Hamilton County Sheriff says the toddler’s mother reported the child missing at about 11:30 Sunday night, from their home near the corner of 11th Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive in Jasper.”

According to the Valdosta Daily Times, the police were notified at around 11 p.m. by a caller who said that Mitchell had left the house with the child and had not returned. Then, “Officers and deputies searched the area and used a tracking dog to try to find the child, but came up empty,” according to WCTV. The child was later found in an abandoned back yard about 400 to 500 yards away from her house.

A sheriff reported that the child had “suffered the whole night through the storm, exposed to the wind and rain, and was purple in color,” according to WCTV. The child was taken Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., and is now back home, according to Valdosta Daily Times.

Mitchell was charged with cruelty towards a child without great bodily harm. He admitted to drinking “several alcoholic beverages” while taking care of the child.

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