Some people just shouldn’t be parents.
A 19-month-old toddler was left outside of her Northern Florida home in Jasper during Tropical Storm Irma Sunday evening into Monday morning by, of all people, her 36-year-old father Angelo Mitchell.
The child’s mother told authorities that Mitchell left the house with the toddler at 11 p.m. Sunday night. But when he came home a couple hours later, he didn’t have the child with him. The weird part is upon his return, Mitchell said he never had the child in his custody.
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said that the child spent the entire night outside in the storm and was "purple in color" after a neighbor found her.
According to WCTV - Tallahassee:
Officers and deputies searched the area and used a tracking dog to try to find the child, but came up empty.
Under questioning by investigators, Mitchell insisted his daughter was safe, was never with him, and must be with a family friend.
The arrest report says Mitchell admitted having several drinks while his daughter was in his care, and officers could smell alcohol on his breath and person. Officers arrested him on child cruelty charges while the little girl was still missing.
Monday morning, around 11:30, a passerby discovered the child, lying in the yard of a home about 400-500 yards from her house.
Witnesses tell WCTV the child was also covered in scratches and bug bites.
A child shouldn’t have to go through intentional pain just because her deadbeat dad wanted to tie one on.
Mitchell is no stranger to the wrong side of the law. He has multiple prior convictions, including violating an order of protection and domestic abuse for dragging a woman by the hair, according to a search in the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office website.
The sheriff’s office said the little girl was released from the hospital on Tuesday and “is doing well.”
Looks like you’re going back to jail, Mr. Mitchell, and we couldn’t be happier about it.