Bulgarian native Krastina Gesheva, 37, may have the looks of a model but no one’s going to confuse her with being a model mom after what happened Sunday night in St. Petersburg.
Police say Gesheva had twice the legal limit of alcohol in her blood when she tried to leave the Tryst Lounge on Beach Drive in her silver Mercedes around 3am Monday and struck two parked cars.
When police responded to what they initially thought was a fight, they also discovered Gesheva’s eight year old son in her Mercedes where he’d been sitting most of the night while his mother drank and socialized with friends the Tryst Lounge.
According to her bar tab Gesheva was drinking Mojitas.
“Some folks had actually seen the child sitting in the car waiting for her,” said Mike Puetz, St. Petersburg Police spokesman.”Every once in a while the child would get out and come to the bar to look for the mother.”
Police arrested Gesheva on charges of child neglect and DUI with property damage. She appeared in front of Pinellas County Judge Dorothy Vaccaro Monday afternoon but had to speak through a Bulgarian interpreter when she had trouble understanding the judge.
Gesheva had similar trouble when police arrested her. “She spent four hours in the bar and I suspect that she was able to communicate in that atmosphere,” said Puetz. “So where or not she really had some trouble with what the officers were saying is debatable.”
Whatever language barriers she might face she can add some legal ones to her current lifestyle. Judge Vaccaro told Gesheva she can’t consume alcohol until her case is resolved. Unless state social workers approve or there is a court order, she can’t have any contact with her son.
“That’s the only way you’re going to be allowed to see your son,” said Vaccaro through an interpreter.
“Da,” Gesheva responded in her native Bulgarian tongue.
The judge set bond at $2750 after Gesheva insisted she could post that amount and hire her own attorney.
She left the jail around 3:17pm. No one responded to a knock at her apartment door shortly after 5pm.
Gesheva’s silver Mercedes was not in its assigned parking spot at her apartment complex in North St. Petersburg.