FMPD Makes Child Neglect Arrests

On Tuesday, February 11, 2020, FMPD Officers were called to two different locations to investigate possible child neglect.

The first incident happened at approximately 11:00 AM when a four-year-old child was found wandering outside an apartment complex at 4637 DeLeon Street. The child was cared for while management assisted police in attempting to locate a parent. A female approached officers and identified herself as 19-year-old Dionna Drake, the child’s mother. Drake stated that she left her daughter locked in the apartment, unattended, while she went to a job interview.

Drake was arrested for neglecting a child without great harm. The department of Children and Families was contacted, and the child is in the care of another family member.

At approximately 4:55 PM, Officers were called to the Edison Mall by security regarding two small children, ages 3 and 6, and a dog and cat left alone in a parked car. While investigating,  a male approached the vehicle and identified himself as Eli Jacob Grady, 37, the children’s father. Grady stated that he was waiting to pick up his wife from work and had gone into the mall to use the bathroom, leaving the children unattended.

Grady was arrested for neglecting children without great harm and the children were turned over to the care of their mother.