On Sunday evening, just after 10pm, 33-year-old Melissa Kelley rang the doorbell at a strangers home. When the lady of the house answered, Kelley set her three-month-old son at the woman's feet and said that she could no longer take care of him and that his father would be over to pick him up later. Then, just before she turned to run away, she said "don't pick him up because he has scabies."
Patricia Tillman had never seen Kelley, or her baby, a day in her life and had no clue why the woman would abandon her baby at her house. . . until she talked to her daughter. As it turns out the baby boy was the son of Tillman's daughter's boyfriend, Clayton Zinck. After repeated tries to contact Zinck, 28, went unanswered, Tillman then tried to get in touch with his parents.
Zinck's parents told Tillman that they were not coming to get the baby and wouldn't wake their sleeping son to do so either. With no where else to turn, Tillman called the Deltona police department.
According to the News Journal, "Tillman told deputies the baby had a soiled diaper and was left with half of a can of powdered baby formula, an empty baby bottle, and two soiled towels, a report details.
In text messages she sent family members, Kelley wrote "please don't make me throw this baby in the trash," and that she was going to use "drugs" in an attempt to commit suicide because Zinck did not want to continue being in a relationship with her, Volusia County sheriff’s investigators said.
Because of the suicidal statements, Volusia County deputies pinged Kelley’s phone. With the help of Lake County sheriff’s deputies, they located her at Lightfoot Road and State Road 40, a wooded area in Astor, a report shows."
Kelley was taken for a psychiatric evaluation and her son was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Kelley is being held at the Lake County Jail on $2,000 bail, subject to Volusia County charges of unlawful desertion of a child and child neglect, records show.
We definitely have to be more cautious who we procreate with. Hopefully this baby gets placed with someone who can love and care for him the way he deserves.