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September 11, 2018

The social media device FaceTime became an essential tool for a Pasco County man who was frantically trying to locate his missing daughter at the end of August. According to reports from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the man returned home from work on Tuesday, August 28th, to find that both his child and the person watching the child were no longer in the home.

After searching the entire house, the man decided to try and contact the daughter via cellphone. It is not believed that the cellphone belonged to the child; instead, the phone belonged to the woman watching the child, and the man had reason to believe that the woman, the phone, and the 5-year-old were all in the same or similar locations.

After repeatedly calling the phone with the FaceTime app, the 5-year-old answered. Then, the father was able to use this connection to pinpoint the location of the phone and thus the child.

Officers with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office soon arrived at the location that the man indicated held the child. They found a car along the roadway, and although the report failed to state whether or not the car was parked on the side of the road, in the middle of the road, or in a lot nearby, we do know that the responding authorities found both the child and the woman in the vehicle.

While the child was believed to be awake in the back seat of the car, the woman was passed out in the front. After a brief period of time, the officers were able to revive the woman. She then flipped them off.

Officers searched the car and found several boxes of wine. After administering a BAC exam, the officers discovered that the woman’s levels were over three times what the law states is the allowed limit for alcohol within the bloodstream.

The woman was arrested and charged with child neglect. It is believed that the child was then quickly returned to the father.

While the initial police report failed to state the relationship between the woman and the father, an article that appeared in a local newspaper indicated that the two were married.

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