According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched at around 10 a.m. after a witness called to report that a toddler was walking on the roof of a neighbor's home.
Deputies arrived to find a dog on the roof and Hess's 2-year-old daughter standing on an adjacent deck dressed only in a pair of underwear.
The deputy reportedly watched as the toddler tried to crawl back onto the roof through a barrier that surrounded the deck.
The deputy made several verbal attempts to alert the homeowner of the impending danger while staying within eye-shot of the child. Erica Hess reportedly came out onto the deck about 15 minutes later to remove the child.
Hess told the deputy that she was unaware that her daughter had climbed onto the roof. She claimed to have had an unobstructed view of the child at all times, but later admitted to losing track of the child while using the bathroom.
Hess was booked into the Volusia County Jail and charged with one count of child neglect. She has one previous arrest in Volusia County for driving on a suspended or cancelled license.
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