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Police: Drunk dad lost baby

4:15 PM, Jul 5, 2011   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida - A 25-year-old Pinellas Park man faces Child Abuse charges after leaving his newborn son lying on a concrete sidewalk in the rain Monday night.

St. Petersburg Police detectives say Robert DeForest and his wife went to a Fourth of July party near downtown and started arguing about who was sober enough to drive.

Investigators say the wife took the car keys and the husband walked out of the party with their 7-week-old son.

When the mother walked outside, her husband and baby were gone. Detectives say she eventually reached her husband by cell phone and he told her that he "lost" their child.

Meanwhile, a man walking near downtown heard a baby crying and saw the child on the ground, outside a vacant apartment on Bay Street NE. 

The good samaritan called police who arrived and took the baby to the hospital.

Detectives eventually tracked down DeForest hours later and miles away in north St. Petersburg when he tried to steal a bag of ice from a gas station.

DeForest was reportedly still under the influence and could not tell police what happened to his son.

Investigators say the baby was not seriously injured.

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