19-Month-Old Found Purple, Covered In Bites After Dad Leaves Her Outside All Night In Hurricane Irma

When questioned, the father assured investigators the girl was safe and was likely with a family friend.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A father has been arrested in Jasper, Florida on charges that he abandoned his toddler during Hurricane Irma.

According to WCTV, 36-year-old Angelo Mitchell is charged with child cruelty for leaving his 19-month-old outside in the storm.

On Monday, the girl’s mother called police saying that Mitchell left the house with the girl the night before. She says he came home without the toddler. He then told the mother that he'd left the house and never had the child. When questioned, the father assured investigators the girl was safe and was likely with a family friend.

Per the arrest report, Mitchell admitted having several drinks while his daughter was under his watch and officers say they smelled alcohol on him. 

Around 11:30 am, a passerby saw the child lying in the yard of a nearby home. The sheriff says she was exposed to the wind and rain and was purple in color from being left out overnight. She was also covered in scratches and bug bites. Hurricane Irma brought record flooding in Florida.

The child was taken to Shands Hospital in Gainesville. She is doing well and went home from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators believe that Mitchell was drunk or high on drugs while watching the child. He doesn't remember where he left her.

As WNEP reports, Mitchell does have a prior criminal history. He is a convicted felon who spent a year in prison after being convicted of battery in a domestic violence case against a woman. Records indicate that he's also had three restraining orders issued against him.

He is currently being held in the Hamilton County Jail.  

[Photo: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office] 

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