A Florida man is accused of abandoning a young boy on the side of the road because he thought he might be gay.
The boy was left at “the side of the road” near the Haines City Police Department on Sunday with a duffel bag of clothing, according to an affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com.
The boy, whose age has not been disclosed, “was very upset and crying,” according to police.
Officer Justin Ludlow, who authored the affidavit, said he asked the boy what was wrong and the victim told him that Evenaud Julmeus, 30, "left him on the side of the road because he thinks that he is gay.”
The relationship between Julmeus and the boy is unclear, but they lived together. Local outlets report they're father and son, but that has not been confirmed by police, who redacted that information from the affidavit.
The boy said that Julmeus became upset after he found male pornography on the boy’s phone. Julmeus then allegedly "told the victim to pack a bag and get into his vehicle." When Julmeus arrived near the police station, he allegedly told the boy to get out, saying "the police will find you a new home."
The boy was found without water, food or a phone. Police accuse Julmeus of leaving the boy "with no means to care for himself and without knowing if anyone was at the Police Department."
Ludlow notes in his report that the boy’s mother became distraught after Julmeus returned home without the boy. She herself went out to search for her son and left Julmeus in charge of two other children in the home, but he allegedly fled before police arrived, leaving those children alone and unsupervised.
Julmeus has been charged with three counts of negligent child abuse. A police spokesperson told Oxygen.com that he was released on a $3,000 bond Tuesday morning. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
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