Two women were arrested outside a Florida nightclub after leaving two children unattended in an area known to be rife with violent crime so they could drink, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
Jessica Jones, 41, and Nicole Daquila, 22, both of Orlando, were charged with child neglect stemming from an early Saturday morning incident.
Daytona Beach police officers were alerted by a witness to the presence of two minors outside Razzle’s Nightclub, located in the Seabreeze Historic District, around 1:20 a.m.
In a police report obtained by the Daytona Beach News-Journal, authorities noted the area is known for alcoholic establishments and “often is the location for severe criminal activity such as shootings, DUIs and gruesome disturbances leading a prudent person to believe that this location is not appropriate nor safe for children.”
Responding officers arrived on the scene to find the abandoned children, one of whom was reportedly being held in the witness’s arms.
As police attempted to track down the children’s parents, Jones and Daquila exited the club, prompting one of the children to begin screaming to get their attention, authorities say.
Upon questioning, Jones, believed to be the mother of the two children, allegedly told police she did it because “she is a single mom, working two jobs and it had been a long week.”
Both Jones and Daquila were booked and later released from jail on $2,500 bail each.
Just last month, a Texas mother was arrested after leaving her 1-year-old daughter in a parked vehicle outside of a nightclub while she drank shots at the bar with her husband.
Samantha Grace Vaughan, 26, was taken into custody outside Trackside Night Club in Copperas Cove, Texas, after a passerby spotted a baby girl in the family’s silver 2009 Buick Limited with the engine still running.
Vaughan was charged with abandoning or endangering a child with intent to return, resisting arrest and making a terroristic threat against a public servant.