Sunday, June 30, 2013

Dad leaves 4-year-old daughter home alone; arrested for DUI (Ocala, Florida)

Once again, we have a story that omits more than it reports. Is WILFRED JULIUS KNAPP a custodial father? Why is there apparently no mother in the home? What unidentified "family member" was this child turned over to, if not the mother? How did this neglectful alcoholic get access (if not full custody) of a preschool girl, and who gave it to him?

Ocala man leaves daughter home alone, arrested for DUI

Last Updated: Sunday, June 30, 2013, 9:09 AM

OCALA -- A Marion County man was arrested for driving under the influence and child neglect after admitting he left his daughter at home alone while he went out drinking.

Florida Highway Patrol pulled Wilfred Julius Knapp, 41, of Ocala over after observing him driving on the wrong side of the road on U.S. 441. Cpl. Susan Barge observed the driver show signs of impairment and detected a strong odor of alcohol.

Knapp was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, third offense. During Barge's investigation, he admitted he left his 4-year-old daughter home alone while he went to the Copa Club to drink. An Ocala Police officer went to Knapp's residence and found the child sleeping without supervision.

 Knapp was then charged with child neglect. The child was turned over to another family member and a complaint was filed with Children and Family Services.