Monday, June 18, 2012

Drunk dad charged with child abuse after almost drowning 14-month-old son in canal (New Port Richey, Florida)

Dad is identified as KEVIN GEDDES.

Drunken dad charged with child abuse after almost drowning baby in canal

Richard Webster

Domestic Crimes Examiner

A drunken New Port Richey, FL father who almost drowned his 14-month-old baby Saturday night, was arrested yesterday and charged with one count of aggravated child abuse.

Kevin Geddes, 39, of 4506 Floramar Terrace was told by a Pasco Co. judge this morning, that if he was able to make the $7,500 bail, he could not possess or consume "a drop" of alcohol. reported that the father was "very inebriated" Saturday night while swinging the boy in a yard adjacent to a canal near their New Port Richey home. In his drunken state, Geddes fell into the canal at approximately 7:15 p.m., and took his 14-month-old baby son in with him when he fell.

Witnesses said the boy appeared to be drowning, but Geddes refused any help.

A neighbor finally jumped into the water and rescued the child.

The baby was unconscious after being pulled from the water.