Couple Left 3-Month-Old Son on Sidewalk So They Could Drink Inside Bar, Police Say
A couple allegedly left their three-month-old son on the sidewalk outside a bar while they got drunk inside.
Antonio Nieves, 28, and Amy Schafer, 27, face a child neglect charge for allegedly leaving the boy alone outside O'Malley's Sports Bar in Margate, Florida in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Nieves, who is engaged to Schafer, also faces a charge of domestic battery after allegedly striking her that day, according to WPLG.
Police were alerted to a disturbance outside a resident's home early on Tuesday. They found Nieves and Schafer smelling of alochol and with bloodshot eyes, according to a police report.
Police say the couple told officers they had gone to O'Malley's to drink but the manager told them their baby could not come inside, so they left him in his carrier on the sidewalk.
In court on Wednesday, Broward County Judge John Hurley said Schafer would "would go outside every five minutes to check on her baby and go back inside and continue taking shots," NBC reported.
They were inside the bar between 1.30am and 3am, they reportedly told police.
While at the bar, they started arguing and were kicked out, authorities said. When they returned home, they reportedly continued to fight and a witness called 911.
When officers arrived, they found Schafer with injuries across her face, according to the police report. She said that Nieves had punched her at least three times during an argument, authorities said.
The baby was taken into the custody of Child Protective Services.
Nieves and Schafer are both at the Broward County Jail pending trial. Nieves is being held on $10,000 bail and Schafer is being held on $7,500 bail.