July 15, 2010

April Stern - Jailed After Police Discover Abandoned Naked Toddler With Knife

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Tarpon Springs, Florida – (The Weekly Vice) April Stern, a 23-year-old Florida woman, was arrested Tuesday after a 3-year-old boy in her care was found naked outside, playing with a steak knife, while his mother was passed out cold.

According to Tarpon Springs Police, officers were dispatched when neighbors noticed an unclothed child playing outside at an apartment complex without supervision. The child had discarded a dirty diaper that was left next to a cluster of empty beer bottles.

Police arrived to find the child holding a knife out in a parking area of the complex. When they went up to the boy's apartment, they found the door left partially open.

Upon entering the apartment, officers found the family's living conditions to be "extremely filthy, unsanitary and a hazard to any children living at the residence," according to police spokeswoman, Barb Templeton.

Officers entered Sterns bedroom and found her passed out despite an alarm clock that had been blaring for more than two hours. A 3-month-old boy was sleeping in a playpen at the foot of Stern's bed.

After police awoke her, Stern said she had been drinking the night before and was usually a sound sleeper.

Stern was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on a charge of child neglect. Her bail was set at $10,000 bail.

In addition to child neglect, Stern was also charged with violating probation in connection to a November 2009 case involving the sale/delivery of cocaine at a Pinellas County strip club.

Both children were removed from the home and placed in the care of family members.

Vanessa Fox
The Weekly Vice

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