Authorities in Florida arrested a 10-year-old boy’s mother and charged her with child neglect after a neighbor found the boy wandering around his neighborhood naked and drunk.
WBBH-TV reported on Monday that a neighbor, Amanda Roesch, found the boy on Valentine’s Day near his home in Hernando County, just north of Tampa.
“He couldn’t even stand. He was just, ahhh, you know, naked,” Roesch told WBBH. “And I’m like, ‘Come in the house, baby,’ and I went and got some of my son’s clothes.”
Local sheriff’s officials said that when they found the mother, Nedra Byrd, passed out in her home. WTSP-TV reported on Friday that when asked if she was drunk, Byrd allegedly replied, “Yeah. I’m drunk as hell.”
Authorities said the boy told them Byrd had given him four shots of brandy, and that it wasn’t the first time she had gotten him drunk. He was found to have a blood alcohol level of .108. An adult is considered too drunk to drive with a .08 level.
“This little boy he said, ‘All I want for my mommy is to go to rehab and to get anger management because mommy drinks to feel better cause she’s mad,’” Roesch told WTSP. “He’s ten. Really? He had to to take care of mom how do you not know your child is naked drunk and missing?”
Watch WBBH’s report on the boy and his allegedly negligent mother, posted online Monday, below.