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Drinking Takes Priority Over Missing 4 Year Old – Man Charged with Child Neglect

SPRING HILL – Early Saturday Morning, Charissa Frazier left for work around 7:30 a.m., while her husband watched their four children at their home on White Willow Way.

According to officials, around 8:00 a.m. 911 operators received reports of a small child running in the street, wearing pajamas, no shoes, and unsupervised.

Witnesses say they were able to detain the child near Maltby Road and Boyce Street and hold him until law enforcement could arrive. The child was unable to communicate with witnesses but he did say that he was 4-years-old.

Although covered in sweat, the child appeared to be uninjured when deputies arrived on the scene.

By now, 30 minutes had passed since the child was located, and according to dispatchers, there were still no reports of a missing child.

While canvassing the area, deputies spotted a man walking on Philatelic Road but he made no attempt to flag them down. Deputies made contact with the man, who was later identified as the child’s father, 32-year-old Justus Frazier.

Frazier was transported to the District 2 office on Forest Oaks Blvd, where during an interview, deputies detected a strong odor of alcohol. Frazier admitted to being in the care of the four year old and three other children, who were still at home. He also admitted to drinking a 24oz. Malt Liquor Beer after his wife left for work.

Deputies immediately called Charissa to check on the other children, ages 5, 6, and 9, who were possibly home alone. Charissa confirmed that she was home and the children were safe. She also stated that Justus was not intoxicated when she left for work and that she was in shock over his actions.

When asked why he didn’t contact the Sheriff’s Office when his son disappeared, or divulge that his other children were alone at home, Justus simply stated that he didn’t want to get in trouble.

Deputies charged Justus Ryan Frazier with one count of Child Endangerment and booked him into the Hernando County Jail. Frazier is free on a $2,000 bond.

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  • Poor Guy. I Hope He Doesn’t Loose His Job For This. ?

    Thursday, 27 August 2015, 9:36 pm
  • Father OF the year…not likely…there’s a chair waiting for him at a A A MEETING..I’m surprised spring hill talkers aren’t around…heez a good fartha u peepol beta look in dah mirra b 4 u sey sumtin sew wat he drunk a bear….efn

    Thursday, 27 August 2015, 12:04 am
  • Lock him up and leave him there!

    Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 9:29 am
  • Wow. I can’t believe how quite it is in rnrf world for hours…this is kinda cool, no news is good news and people not downing people. Im glad to see some peace and a little peace of mind, good work everyone and peace to all and everyone to have a blessed to the rest of your day. Peace

    Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 5:18 pm
  • The cleaners? He’s drinking MALT LIQUOR!!. He obviously doesn’t have anything that needs to be washed! LoL. Malt liquor is for homeless people and high school students.

    Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 4:05 pm
  • its not the first time this has happened I know their neighbors and when I was on the phone with them a few moths ago they had to hang up because they saw a child waundering around in pjs no shoes then also and the mom is no better don’t paint her as an angel all she does is scream at those poor children they need to be removed from that home before one of them ends up hurt or worse

    Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 12:11 pm
  • Greetasprite please shut up. As soon as his child started wondering the streets it became the publics problem then since the public is who saved the child.

    Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 10:05 am
  • Someone who has a drink at 8:30am in the morning is either just getting home from work or has a drinking problem and needs help.

    Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 9:33 am
  • How judgmental you all are. Why is it you have so much time to sit and judge? Is this man or his family even any of your business or does it make you feel better about yourself trashing others? And no I don’t know them.

    Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 7:30 am
    • He’s the one putting himself out there doing stupid things IN PUBLIC. That makes him fair game. Just be grateful that the kids are alright. They’re the real victims here that have to suffer because of this moron.

      Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 10:24 am
    • By the way greetasprite, isn’t your above comment judging us?

      Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 10:30 am
  • I’m sure Justus will be served…divorce papers.

    Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 7:18 am
  • two sides to every story. if they called her and mom was home with other children then something is twisted in this story

    Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 6:35 am
  • Hardcore, no just an idiot in my dictionary. I just pray he’s not a violent drunk..

    Monday, 24 August 2015, 11:21 pm
  • 24 oz malt liquor before 8 am. That’s hardcore.

    Monday, 24 August 2015, 10:08 pm
  • And he got special treatment , he only spent 2 hrs in jail, now that is bs at its best, i wonder who he knows, I had to spend 24 hrs for defending myself and my bail was only 50 $ and it was paid in 30 min after I was booked, I will definitely be looking into this and see how he was let out before his buzz was even gone, THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS, AND I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT I AM THE ONLY ONE COMPLAINING.

    Monday, 24 August 2015, 9:05 pm
  • Lol @ take him to the cleaners. He would end up pan handling @ county line &mariner for enough change for another 40 oz, he should be working the chain gang every weekend for 6 months and loose his right to be a parent till he goes to parenting classes for a year. How about his kid they found all sweaty. MORON

    Monday, 24 August 2015, 8:55 pm
  • What a loser, his wife should take their children and leave his ass and take him straight to the cleaners and he shouldn’t even have supervise visits. Unreal

    Monday, 24 August 2015, 8:36 pm

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