"The infant was abandoned with a soiled diaper, a half can of powdered baby formula, an empty baby bottle, and two soiled baby towels."
Melissa Kelley, a 33-year-old woman from Florida was arrested after she allegedly abandoned her baby. Kelley reportedly left her baby on a woman's porch saying she could no longer take care of the baby, as per PEOPLE. Kelley allegedly rang a doorbell in Deltona, Florida. The home belonged to Patricia Tillman and when she opened the door, Kelley allegedly put her 3-month-old baby boy, who was in a car seat, at the woman's feet, asking her to take care of him because she just couldn't. A police statement reveals that despite Tillman's pleas to not abandon the bay, Kelley ran away, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Fla. Mom Charged After Allegedly Abandoning Baby on Woman's Doorstep https://t.co/CQTDvbJ0IX— People (@people) November 21, 2020
"Melissa advised Patricia to not touch due to the infant being infected with scabies," says a police report obtained by Fox 35. "Melissa then fled the area. Patricia informed Deputy Campbell the infant was abandoned with a soiled diaper, a half can of powdered baby formula, an empty baby bottle, and two soiled baby towels." Later, Kelly was found and arrested by Lake County Sheriff's deputies. It has been confirmed that Kelley has been charged with unlawful desertion of a child and child neglect. She is being held on a $2,000 bond. Tillman revealed that she'd never seen Kelley before in her life.
If she would have left the baby at a fire station, she wouldn’t be charged. Baby Moses Law.— MyLadyKat (@MyLadyKat) November 21, 2020
However, it was later revealed that Tillman's daughter was dating Kelley's baby's father. Then, according to reports, Tillman called her daughter’s boyfriend, 28-year-old Clayton Zinck. After she was unable to reach him, she reached out to Zinck’s parents, who allegedly said they would not pick up the child. Apparently, they also told Tillman they wouldn't wake their son up because he was sleeping, probably when she asked to talk to him. All of this took place because Zinck allegedly told Kelley that he did not want to be in a relationship with her anymore.
No where should it be a crime to leave a baby somewhere. This will just lead to people harming their child if they aren’t able to care for it 😔— nicola wade (@nicwade81) November 21, 2020
Police reports state that Kelley was having a hard time dealing with the breakup and she texted family members saying, "please don't make me throw this baby in the trash." She also allegedly sent texts that suggested she was suicidal. The little baby is currently in the custody of the Department of Children and Families. He was treated at a nearby hospital for a possible infection of scabies, which is an infestation of the skin by human itch mites. While Kelley herself hasn't entered a plea, court records also show that as of now, she doesn't have a lawyer to speak on her behalf.
Earlier, we reported about an 8-year-old boy was found all alone after his mother abandoned him for being too mischievous. The helpless boy was sitting at a gas station, clutching only a note written by his mom. It revealed that the boy was too troublesome and was "causing problems" for the family hence the mother decided that leaving him on the roadside in Pelalawan, Indonesia, was the way to deal with it. Residents of the area happened to spot the boy near the gas station and became suspicious as he was all alone during the late hours of the night. According to The Sun the boy was taken to a nearby village by locals before informing the police.
The mother bid farewell to her son in the letter before dumping him off to fend for himself. "Child, forgive me," read the note. "I am forced to leave you on the street as I’m no longer willing to see you suffer or tortured because of your mischief, every day you are causing problems. Forgive me, child. Take good care of yourself." He appeared to be a victim of abuse, per the outlet. There were marks around his mouth as well as a cut on his cheek which suggested that he may have been abused for a long time. Reports from local outlets suggested that the boy's father was the one who acted violently against him and this abuse could have been the "torture" that the boy's mother was referring to in the letter.