Woman’s Bizarre Behavior Leads to Arrest and Child Removal
WEEKI WACHEE – On Monday afternoon, deputies responded to the beach at Rogers Park after reports that a child was being neglected.
According to officials, beachgoers called 911 when they noticed a small child, approximately 2-years-old, playing in the water unsupervised and falling off picnic tables.
Deputies interviewed witnesses at the park who described the woman caring for the child, stating that she was dancing around acting erratically. Deputies located the woman nearby, but when they approached her she started walking towards the park exit. When deputies finally made contact with her, they noticed the woman’s strange behavior and determined that she was under the influence of some kind of intoxicant.
Deputies brought the woman back to the picnic table and located a brown paper bag containing a metal spoon, syringe, and an open Suboxone package. Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone which is used to treat narcotic (opiate) addiction.
During a check of the child’s wellbeing, deputies discovered that the child was not wearing a diaper but was wearing underwear filled with feces.
Deputies contacted the Department of Children and Families who responded and placed the child in the care of a family member.
The woman, 28-year-old Erica Nicole Donaldson was taken into custody and charged with one count of child neglect.
During the investigation, a male subject identified as 32-year-old Christopher Michael Bruner returned from a trip to the store and was subsequently charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bruner remains behind bars on a $1,000 bond – Donaldson on a $2,000 bond.
The case remains under investigation, according to officials.
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