LAKE CITY, Fla. – A woman is facing a charge of child neglect after she was accused of repeatedly dropping her children off at a housing complex parking lot and driving off, according to the Lake City Police Department.
Camekco Webb, 41, remained in the Columbia County jail on a $20,000 bond Wednesday night.
Multiple neighbors at the Lake City Villas spoke with police, and they spoke with News4JAX on a condition of anonymity.
“They get dropped off really early in the morning and then get picked up late at night,” one woman said.
“Being a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, I think it’s horrible,” a second resident told us.
Every neighbor we spoke with say that because her two children were left unattended, they caused mischief. One child was accused of pulling a knife on another child.
According to the arrest report, the 11- and 14-year-old told police they didn’t know how to get in touch with their mother and that she goes to a boyfriend’s house, but they didn’t know where he lived. The police report said Webb often left her children without food, water or shelter.
Webb’s sister, who also lives in the complex, said that she knew her nephews were being dropped off there, but there was never an expectation for her to watch them.
Police say they have been called to this location multiple times regarding the boys being left unattended. On one of those occasions, the boys were taken to the police station where they told an officer they had not eaten in three days. The report says the officer handling that previous case let Webb off with a warning about child neglect and released the children back to her custody.
Neighbors said while left unattended, the boys often would cause damage.
“Kicking people’s doors. Trying to break into their houses. Throwing rocks at people’s windows. They threw batteries at my window, trying to break my window,” the second resident said.
“They destroy things in the neighborhood. They’ve messed with all my plants and garden,” a third resident said.
Police say when they took Webb to jail, she bragged about getting out of a shower while her children were left alone to fend for themselves.
A Department of Children and Families caseworker took custody of the boys.