DELAND, Fla. – Volusia County Sheriff's deputies arrested a DeLand man early Sunday morning for leaving a 3-year-old child alone in a pickup truck while he drank at a gentlemen's club, officials said.
Deputies said 25-year-old Jordan Caraway was arrested for child neglect after they say he left a 3-year-old alone in a truck.
Deputies said the incident happened at Dixie's Gentlemen's Club just north of
DeLand shortly after 1 a.m., Sunday.
Deputies said by the time they were alerted to the situation at 1:44 a.m., witnesses said Caraway had been in the bar drinking for approximately 20-30 minutes.
Deputies said Caraway told them that he had left another man to watch the child while he was in the bar, however, an employee at the club told deputies that both Caraway and the man who he claimed was watching the little boy were in the club together drinking.
The employee grabbed the child from the truck and brought him inside the bar to wait for law enforcement to arrive, deputies said.
When deputies got there, the boy was crying hysterically, he had grease and dirt on him and his clothes were dirty, officials said.
According to the club's manager, the defendant may have actually left the child alone in the truck twice, deputies said.
Deputies said someone reported a child being left alone in a vehicle in the parking lot around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night, but when employees went to check it out, the truck was gone.
Deputies said it returned at about 1:15 a.m. on Sunday morning, again with the child in it. Caraway was arrested at the scene and transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.