October 29, 2009
Donna Powell Left Something Valuable Behind - Charged With Abandoning Son Who Was Found Living In A Shed
Pensacola, FL (The Weekly Vice) – Donna Powell, 40, was arrested Monday when authorities discovered one of her abandoned children living in a shed on the property of her ex-boyfriend, Jerry “Tom” Gray.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s office received a call from Gray’s father regarding the teen that was residing in the virtually uninhabitable shed.
Upon arriving at the scene, they discovered a hungry, upset 17-year-old who had been left there when his mother moved out. Her other son, 13, had also been abandoned but was living inside the residence.
Authorities say Gray’s father contacted them on September 8th stating that he wanted the teenager off of his property. Deputies responded to the complaint and found the teenager living inside a shed with no electricity, running water, air conditioning, or heat.
The teen told officers that he had been living in the shed for approximately one month because he did not get along with her mother’s ex-boyfriend. He could not remember when his last meal was and authorities described him as “visibly upset,” claiming that he wanted to be where his mother was.
Investigators were not immediately able to locate Powell, and both children were turned over to their grandmother Patricia Monroe, who is Powell’s mother.
Powell was booked in to Escambia County Jail and charged with felony child neglect. She was released on $25,000 bond.
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