ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- An Alachua County woman was arrested Saturday night for child neglect after two teenagers found her child wandering on the beach.
According to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a call around 9:15 p.m. about a lost child at the Trade Wind Condominiums at the 7700 block of A1A South.
Two teenagers, a 16-year-old female and 17-year-old male, on
vacation from Tennessee located the young, upset child on the beach.
The teenagers attempted to locate the parent of the young boy for about thirty minutes, when they were unsuccessful, they notified a resident at the condo who called the Sheriff's Office.
The child told deputies that he was five-years-old, from Gainesville and in town with his mother.
At 10:30 p.m. Amy Lynn Kuitert, 30, who was accompanied by two family members, arrived on the scene and identified herself as the child's mother, according to SJCSO.
The woman, who did not appear to be upset or concerned with the situation, according to the deputy, told the deputy that she "heard from someone" that the child was located.
According to SJCSO, the suspect told deputies that the child had been playing with other children and recently realized that he was gone.
In charging the woman, the deputy noted that the child was outside of supervision of the suspect for over an hour and a half and she made no attempt to summon law enforcement.
A Florida Department of Children and Families investigator responded to determine the placement of the child as its investigation continues.
Kuitert was booked into the County Jail and released the next morning after posting $250 cash bond.
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