A 33-year-old Ocala woman was arrested after a United States Postal Service worker found an unsupervised toddler who was naked in the roadway.
On Wednesday, at around 11:15 a.m., the Ocala Police Department and Ocala Fire Rescue were dispatched to a residence in southwest Ocala due to reports that a naked toddler had been found outside. The USPS worker had called law enforcement after spotting the toddler, and two additional witnesses who were driving behind the mail truck also observed the child in the street.
An OPD officer arrived at the location and observed one of the witnesses holding the toddler alongside the fire rescue personnel. The witness had given the toddler a t-shirt to wear, and the child had the following injuries: several scratches on the body, a bruise near the right eye, and a bloody nose. The child was also covered in sand.
OFR tended to the toddler until Marion County Fire Rescue arrived on scene and transported the child to a local hospital for medical treatment.
Two additional OPD officers arrived on scene and began checking nearby residences. During a search of the area, the officers spotted a home that had two doors left open. Dirty diapers were observed outside the house, car seats were in the yard, and a baby stroller was on the porch.
The officers suspected this was the house where the toddler lives, and they knocked several times with no response. According to OPD, the officers feared that something could be wrong inside the residence, and they entered the home for a well-being check. The toddler’s parents, along with an infant child, were found sleeping inside.
The parents told the officers that Qualinda Renee Robinson was watching the toddler.
Robinson was not at the residence, and officers were able to speak with her over the phone. She returned to the home and stated that she had sent a text message to the toddler’s mother earlier that morning stating that she was leaving to go to the store.
According to OPD, the toddler was last under Robinson’s supervision, and she failed to verify that the child would be taken care of. Due to this negligence, the child was found wandering the street naked with multiple scratches and a bloody nose.
Robinson was arrested, transported to Marion County Jail, and she was later released on $2,000 bond. She is facing a felony charge for child neglect without great bodily harm.
A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.
The Florida Department of Children and Families also responded.