On September 3, a 2-year-old girl was found by a Good Samaritan at the intersection of Orange Drive and Kibler Lane in Holiday, Florida, in suburban Tampa.
According to WFTS, the toddler was wearing nothing by a dirty diaper. Thankfully, she was unharmed.Screenshot/WFTS
The teenager who found the little girl, 14-year-old Halleigh Wears, told WFTS that she and her family changed the 2-year-old’s diaper and put her in a set of clean clothes.
According to Wears:
“After a little while, a lady in a red truck came. She didn’t speak much English. She gave us a new diaper and wipes and clothes and stuff ‘cause she was wearing nothing.”
All the while, Wears couldn’t believed the baby had been left alone:
“What was going through my head was how does somebody lose their baby.”
The teen’s family called the police, and others came out to help the little girl find her family.Screenshot/WFTS
Steve Patton, who was at the scene, said people began using social media to try and find the little girl’s family.
Close to an hour later, the police were able to track down the house from where the toddler had wondered away. The toddler was more than a 1,000 yards away from her home.
As WLTX reports, a 27-year-old man named Jesus Martinez was supposed to be watching over the child. Instead, Martinez was reportedly too busy playing Fantasy Football to even realize the little girl was gone.
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A 6-year-old, who was also in the home at the time, was the one who alerted Martinez that the toddler had disappeared.
Patton told WFTS:
“There’s no good reason (and it) doesn’t matter what it is for a little girl to be left like that. It’s kind of unnerving to find a little baby, really, walking around unattended.”
According to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, Martinez was arrested for child neglect and taken to the Land O’ Lakes jail.
It’s unknown how Martinez is related to the toddler and the other child who was inside the home.