Florida woman places insect-bitten toddler in roadway, walks away: deputies

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Carrie Richburg (Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office)

Carrie Richburg (Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office)

OKALOOSA, Fla. — An Okaloosa County woman was arrested Friday after deputies say she “placed a 16-month-old child in the roadway,” while allegedly yelling at a neighbor.

Carrie Richburg, 28, then walked away leaving the insect-bitten toddler in danger, PalmBeachPost.com reports.

Authorities say the toddler eventually crawled or walked “approximately 100 feet” to the inside of a dog kennel where it stayed for 10 minutes before they arrived.

When a deputy picked up the child, the little boy wearing only a diaper was covered in bugs and was “bitten several times by ants.”

Deputies say Richburg appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was shouting curses at “unseen persons in trees.”

Richburg was charged with a felony count of child neglect and a misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace.