Police: Interlachen Man Slept While Child, 1, Was Outside Alone

Brandon Overton (Photo from Putnam County jail)
Brandon Overton (Photo from Putnam County jail)

An Interlachen man was arrested Monday morning after police believe his 1-year-old son was left unattended outside his home.

Brandon Overton, 23, was charged with child neglect and was booked into the Putnam County jail, according to a news release from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

Police received a call from a neighbor about 10 a.m. regarding the child being outside alone twice within an hour and a half at the home on Fred Street, the release said.

When the neighbor first saw the child, she knocked on the home’s door and woke up Overton.

Overton told her his son had wandered outside while he was asleep, according to the release.

Upon seeing the child alone in the yard a second time and unsuccessfully trying to again find Overton, the neighbor called police.

After talking with a responding deputy, Overton was placed under arrest and later received a $10,000 bond. He bonded out of jail Tuesday afternoon.

Overton has a previous charge of child neglect stemming from an October 2016 incident in which another one of his children, a 3-year-old boy, wandered from the house while Overton slept, the release said.

Two sheriff’s office spokespeople weren’t immediately available, so further details — including what, if anything, happened with the children — are unclear.

About Baylor Cherry

Baylor Cherry is a reporter for WUFT News and can be reached at 727-916-0142.

Check Also

Two men arrested on charges related to running a human sex trafficking business in a Gainesville group home

Two men were arrested Tuesday and accused of running a human sex trafficking business in a Gainesville group home. The arrests happened at a Gate gas station on 3001 NW 13th Street at 4 p.m. The suspects' identities were confirmed as 20-year-old Kevarius Nyrtell King and 25-year-old Justin Terrel Hoyt. The victim was living in the Safe Hands Group Home, a housing service partnered with homeless shelters and co-owned by King since a little less than a year ago. The two men forced the victim into multiple sexual acts, sometimes without her consent, with dozens of men in the group home. Police were able to report the crime as the victim had told the staff at the Tower Road Branch Library that she was a victim of human trafficking and to alert the authorities. Through a search warrant of the group home, police were able to confirm the identities of King and Hoyt and later arrest and charge them with human sex trafficking. King and Hoyt are currently booked in the Alachua County Jail, each with release bonds set at $250,000.