Marion County Sheriff's Reports 04-08-2011

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Babysitter "forgot" to watch boy

By Jim Clark

A 26-year-old woman from Florida Highlands was accused of child neglect after an incident in which she told a deputy she “forgot” that she was supposed to be watching a 5-year-old.

Stephanie Denise Layne, of Southwest 155th Street, was arrested on April 1 after deputies were called to a neighbor’s house just before noon.

The neighbor said the 5-year-old boy came up to his house crying, because he did not know where his family was. He had been asleep and woke up, finding no one at home.

The neighbor said the child lived nearby, across a busy road.

The deputy checked the residence, found no one home, but then the suspect pulled up. The deputy asked her if she knew where the boy was, and she began to cry. She said she was supposed to be watching him and didn’t know where he was.

She said that the mother of the boy had left to take a friend to an appointment in town at about 9:30 a.m. Fifteen minutes later, Layne’s mother came and asked her if she wanted to go into town to get some cigarettes. Layne then left, leaving the child by himself sleeping. She told the deputy she “totally forgot” about watching the child.

The boy’s mother arrived and took custody of the child. Layne was arrested and taken to jail.

The case was referred to DCF because a juvenile victim was involved.

In an incident in northeast Marion County, Sheriff’s Office units arrived at 3872 N.E. 121st Lane, near the Anthony/Citra area just after 1 p.m., April 3. The four law enforcement professionals were there in reference to a domestic disturbance involving an armed suspect.
The suspect, later identified as Craig Allen Rust, 44, refused to comply with law enforcement verbal commands and went for his firearm. Rust was shot by law enforcement professionals and pronounced dead at the scene. No other person was injured.
The law enforcement officers involved in firing of their weapons have been placed on administrative leave – which is standard procedure.
At this time, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating this incident – which is standard procedure.