A father in Florida allegedly left an infant in the care of a pit bull. He is now facing child neglect charges.
James Irvine, 41 was taking care of the baby while the mother was working. Losing interest, Irvine went to a bar leaving the baby to be babysat by a pit bull.
The mother of the baby told police officers that she became alarmed after trying to contact Irvine repeatedly with no success. She went on to say that when Irvine finally answered her call, he said, “I’m watching the game” and hung up on her.
Irvine was attempting to gain entry into the home through the garage when the mother arrived home. The mother alleges that Irvine told her he’d been out to have a few drinks.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that when the mother confronted him about leaving the child at home, Irvine replied he hadn’t “left the baby alone because the pit bull was watching the baby.” The mother contacted the police department and reported Irvine for leaving the baby alone while she was at work.
Deputies stated that she told them that she left Irvine in charge of her son when she left to go to work. The mother went to check on the baby and found him “wet and clearly hadn’t been changed in a while.”
The baby was in a room with the door shut and the pit bull sitting right outside the door. According to police reports, the baby was allegedly crying.
According to the police report, officers found cats shut up in a room and cat food put up on the counter. One officer stated that it appeared as though everyone would be “out for long periods of time.”
When officers arrived at the home, James Irvine refused to open the door and let them in. He did however tell them that “he had been on the couch all day and night watching TV.”
James R. Irvine was arrested and booked into the Flagler County Inmate Facility. After posting a $1,500 bail, he was released.
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