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5-Year-Old Locked in Vehicle with Razor Blades and Lighters, Parents Charged with Child Neglect

SPRING HILL – Thanks to the watchful eyes of a concerned citizen, a 5-year-old boy is safe the care of a family member, after being locked in a vehicle while his parents went shopping.

On Christmas Eve, 30-year-old Kristopher Robert Plummer and 27-year-old Nataya Em Benway left their son locked in a vehicle for 30 minutes, while they shopped for a “Lite-Brite” inside the Target Department store on Commercial Way.

A concerned citizen noticed the child and knocked on the window, which prompted the child to immediately unlock the door and jump into the stranger’s arms. The citizen carried the child into the store to staff members who notified authorities.

Deputy William Harsanyi stated in his report, “The child could have easily been a victim to violent crime, due to opening the door. . .”

During a search of the vehicle. Harsanyi discovered a pack of razors and two cigarette lighters in plain view and within easy access to the child.

Benway and Plummer admitted to leaving their child in the vehicle and were subsequently charged with child neglect.

The Department of Children and Families was notified but did not immediately respond.

The child was turned over to a maternal grandparent at the scene.

Both parents are free on $2,000 bonds.

Deputy Harsanyi noted in his report that Benway appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

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  • I and several others have dealt with these two. They are liars, thieves, and scammers. Nataya Benway even has a fake medical card so she can smoke pot. It’s also believed that she does crystal meth too. They both have been banned from several Cosplay and Furry events. They belong in jail. And the child belongs in a safe environment.

    Sunday, 17 June 2018, 7:20 am
    • I was chilling reading random things an then found this i’m not referring to the post if it not to the comments i refuse to Believe there such stupid people how is possible they attack her And Say lots shit of that asshole they have instead of mouth this is unbelievable is that clear it was accident and not with purpose to don’t take care of the children and the must be catching real criminals and not normal people

      Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 8:08 am
  • I knew them both personally. Yes they are both pieces of. They are also scammers and theives. And do drugs. And are not welcome around me or my friends.

    Sunday, 1 April 2018, 8:22 pm
  • I found this threw a face book share from a Romeo Harris. Man he was right!

    Shes still taking commissions. I legit almost fell for this till i looked at the name. She doesnt deserve a damn thing especially if she cant even take care of her kid. No artist should be supported after being such a shit person in the world. The proof is right there and should not go unnoticed. This is public record info and obviously the situation got covered in the news. So this must be serious. I hope the kid is safe!

    Sunday, 18 February 2018, 1:40 am
  • these are my old roomates, i remember when she was pregnant. she seemed lie she would be a good mother. guess i was wrong but she wasnt the most sane…

    Monday, 12 February 2018, 12:47 am
  • Wait a minute, in Florida it’s not against the law to leave your child in the car. If it’s less than 15 minutes. A concerned citizen just committed kidnapping of the child.


    I guess breaking the law is ok if you dress it up nicely.

    Tuesday, 2 January 2018, 5:49 pm
    • You really don’t know these two. The man really did the child a favor. They are in the process of loosing the child. Due to their home environment.

      Sunday, 17 June 2018, 7:24 am
  • There was a recent story here about a nut beating his dogs–his bail was $3000.00. You’ve got these two morons who leave a 5 year old alone in a car in a commercial parking lot with razor blades, etc. and their bail is $2000.00 each. THESE KIDS ARE IN DANGER FROM THESE TWO, BEFORE AND AFTER THE ARREST.

    Wednesday, 27 December 2017, 7:41 am
  • Two more POS from the North.

    Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 11:48 pm
    • Nah good try, those are Homegrown POS!

      Friday, 29 December 2017, 2:58 am
      • A simple google search will reveal the female suspect is from Saranac Lake, NY and the male suspect is from
        Weare, NH.

        So, nice try Maria.

        Friday, 29 December 2017, 8:16 pm
    • So… you think that because they are “transplants” that is why they are POS? WOW.. narrow view of the world, we are ALL transplants unless you’re a native american! So get off your high horse!

      Tuesday, 2 January 2018, 12:13 pm
      • Oh get off the cross, we need the wood

        Sunday, 11 February 2018, 8:35 pm
  • I checked out her Facebook profile, they look like they took care of the kid and also they look like hardcore weaboo cosplay freaks.

    Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 7:47 pm
  • its obvious they were in target buying the kid toys for xmas give them a break

    Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 7:15 pm
    • The kid is young he will still believe I.n Christmas just like you do.

      Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 7:52 pm
  • Unbelievable….CPS didn’t respond??? WTF all that means is the grandparent showed up took the poor child and as soon as the POS parents got bailed out they went and picked up the kid. I bet u anything the kid is with them right now. CPS needs to do there job and protect these kids. They bother the ones that don’t need them and leave the messed up ppl alone. SMFH HCS and CPS are a JOKE

    Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 5:55 pm
    • You obviously don’t know how cps works but let’s make assumptions you don’t know anything about. The hotline in Tallahassee gets called and then notifies the CPI on call. A lot of times law enforcement calls AFTER the incident has already happened and they left the scene. Also, the hotline has to screen the calls and sometimes the CPI in the county doesn’t even get a call until hours later.

      Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 8:28 pm
  • Makes me sick, as another waste of life

    Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 5:46 pm

    Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 4:06 pm
  • Oh Lord where these people come from get spayed and neutered!! Disgusting ,Then people wonder why there aren’t enough foster homes to go around because of druggies like this

    Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 2:47 pm
  • That guys a PLUMMER???
    I’d never let him in MY house!
    He’s probably have his family locked in the trunk while he clears ur drain!!!

    Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 2:32 pm
    • He’s no plumber, he is a Plummer, big difference. Maybe their house needs searched to find out what kind of drugs they are using. Sure isn’t reefer.

      Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 3:38 pm
    • you moron his last name is plumer

      Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 4:28 pm
  • What the hell is wrong with people? These two should never be allowed to have any more kids. Hopefully this child is in a loving home. To those who bailed these two out, why? They belong in jail and to not spend any time with the child they could care less about.

    Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 2:19 pm
  • And there are people who can’t have children, for whatever reason. Then there’s “people” like this, who in no way deserve to have them. Maybe you’ll both get sent somewhere where people are paid to do your thinking for you. BENWAY OVER and take it like a man!

    Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 1:55 pm
    • I agree, my daughter, an RN, and her husband a Navy Officer can’t conceive. Both would be great parents. Just doesn’t seem right

      Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 6:52 pm
  • DRUGS ????????????? YA THINK ???????? TRYING TO BE SPARKLIN WIGGLERS I GUESS !!!!!!!!!!

    Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 1:34 pm
    • Too many sparkling wiggles at the party. Get a job sparkling wiggles. Me no like sparkling wiggles.

      Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 9:29 pm

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