Woman arrested for abandoning a child in Vero Beach

Posted at 9:01 AM, Jun 20, 2017

Vero Beach Police Tuesday released the 911 call of a couple who found themselves with a 2 year-old boy after his mother left him outside a restaurant over the weekend.

As the couple left the Kountry Kitchen in Vero Beach Saturday morning, they were met outside by a stranger.

“Yeah we just had some woman drop a little kid off," the caller says to a 911 dispatcher.

The caller said the woman sat the boy down on the ground next to them.

“First mentioned she had found the child.  Then their conversation moved forward and she mentioned, “She just couldn’t take it anymore," said Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey.

But before the woman left, the caller got some key pieces of evidence.

“I have some pictures of the front of it and the side as she took off and tried to get the license number on the back," said the caller.

The child was turned over to the Department of Children and Families.  The woman who left him was his mother, 31 year-old Amber Warner.  She was charged with Unlawful Desertion of a Child and released on bond.

“It pulls the heartstrings and you hate to see that.  You’d like to see them reunited one day but if they can’t be and it’s best for the child that’s unfortunate but maybe at end of the day it’s what’s best for the child or children," said Chief Currey.


Earlier Story:

A woman was arrested after abandoning a child in front of a Vero Beach restaurant this past weekend.

Vero Beach police responded to the Kountry Kitchen restaurant at 1749 Old Dixie Hwy. at 9:25 a.m. Saturday and spoke with a couple who stated that a white woman approached them as they were exiting the restaurant.

The couple told police that the woman placed a 2-year-old boy on the ground in front of them and stated, "I can't do it," got into a black truck and left the parking lot.

Vero Beach police were able to identify the vehicle and obtain an address for the woman in question. Detectives made contact with the woman, identified as Amber Warner, at her residence.

Warner was placed under arrest for unlawful desertion of a child. She was subsequently charged with resisting arrest without violence for resisting the arresting officer.

Police say the boy appeared to be in relatively good health and was released to the custody of