Teacher arrested after his son wanders off Sanford man, who teaches in Eustis, told police he left 6 children alone while he bought groceries

October 5th, 2010 by Staff

Source: The Orlando Sentinel — A Eustis Middle School teacher was arrested Sunday after he left his 1-year-old son in the care of an older sibling while he went to the grocery store, Sanford police said.

Durand Brown, who teaches special education, told police he was gone for 20 minutes, a report shows. An officer, however, determined that six children were left alone for nearly three hours.

A neighbor called 911 after she found the 1-year-old boy wearing only a soiled diaper, a report shows. The child standing outside a gate to her apartment complex on Florida Street about 5:20 p.m., according to the report.

The neighbor changed the baby’s diaper, dressed him and fed him, she told police.

An officer answering a call about a missing 1-year-old on El Capitan Drive, a little less than two-tenths of a mile away, arrested Brown on a charge of child neglect after he said he was home all day watching the six children when he left briefly about 6:30 p.m. to buy food for the kids, the report states. He said his 12-year-old son was watching the baby, police said.

Durand noticed that the toddler was missing when he called his children to dinner about 8:25 p.m., according to the report.

The child was temporarily cared for by child protective services, which contacted his mother. The baby was returned to her. She told television reporters that it’s sometimes hard to keep track of six children.

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