In Florida, 20-year-old Qushanna Doby is facing child neglect charges after abandoning her baby while high on a synthetic drug called “flakka.” On April 30th, police responded to call about an unattended baby who was crying and shivering a few feet away from some railroad tracks.
Although Doby was nearby and started screaming, “my baby” when police arrived, they took her in for questioning. She was unable to recall how she got to where she was and what happened. The police report states that she admitted to smoking flakka the night before the incident. According to CBS Miami, she also said she “fed the child some bacon cheddar chips and put Sprite in her baby bottle for her to drink.”
However, she acknowledged that smoking flakka regularly causes her to have hallucinations. One observer, who wants to remain anonymous, noted that the woman also left several diapers, a bottle, a towel and a child’s show with the baby.
“The thought that (the child) could’ve teetered off somewhere, over the railroad tracks is really scary,” she told CBS 4’s Carey Codd. The Department of Children and Families tells CBS 4 News that they took Doby’s child away and placed the child in foster care. We’ve seen what flakka can do to people — making people try to break into a police department or run naked through the streets. The woman who works nearby said she’s heard the horror stories about flakka.
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“Flakka makes you out of your mind,” she said. “You don’t know what you’re doing what’s going on until you come down from it.”
The woman, who says she’s in recovery, hopes Doby gets the help she needs. “I’m in recovery myself so it just really hits home that there’s a child, there’s a mother out there that’s struggling, that’s suffering from the disease of addiction,” the woman said.
Jail records in Palm Beach County show Doby is being held on $3,000 bond.
As LifeNews previously reported, in 2014, a teen mother abandoned her newborn on the side of a dirt road in rural Michigan. She was charged in juvenile court with one count of child abandonment and one count of second-degree child abuse. Thanks to alert neighbors the baby was discovered within hours and suffered only superficial injuries, WOOD-TV, Channel 8 reported.
According to court documents, the girl admitted giving birth and abandoning her baby. The baby girl is in foster care.