ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A Tampa Bay couple is facing child abuse charges after they were found passed out in a vehicle with a crying baby in the back seat, according to an affidavit.
Police responded to a 911 call from the 600 block of 79th Terrace N in St. Petersburg and found Kyle Barrett, 30, and Natasha Barrett, 39, unconscious and could not wake them up.
“We got a call from an anonymous caller saying that she had seen a man and a woman in a van and the caller felt like they were doing drugs,” said Yolanda Fernandez, with St. Petersburg Police Department.
Responding officers observed an 11-month-old baby boy crying in the back seat and said the engine was left running. Kyle had his foot on the break and the car was in reverse. The air conditioning was also off.
“It was hot in the vehicle, only one window was cracked, “ said Fernandez.
The 911 caller told detectives the couple had been sniffing drugs before they fell unconscious. They said the baby was crying and had not been attended to for some time.
The Barretts were transported to a nearby hospital to be medically evaluated as police contacted child protective services.
According to the Department of Children and Families, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Child Protection Investigation Division, which handles all CPI investigations in the county, has opened a child protection investigation into the incident. The child has been placed in the care of family members.
Detectives can’t say why the couple, who both reside in Lutz, were at the apartment complex in St. Petersburg.
Kyle and Natasha Barrett are both charged with child abuse and will each be held on a $5,000 bond.
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