A Live Oak, Florida, woman was arrested in Orange Park on Monday on two counts of child neglect.
The woman is originally from Orange Park with her most recent address citing the Live Oak location, according to the arrest report. She is currently unemployed and it is unknown if she was actively living in Orange Park during the time of arrest.
According to the arrest report, a concerned citizen approached a Clay County Sheriff’s Office Public Service Agent around noon on Monday because she saw what appeared to be a roughly 2-year-old child in the middle of the roadway of Taylor Avenue in Orange Park.
Deputies responded to the area of Taylor Avenue and the child was found covered in dirt and bug bites, deputies said. The child was near a camper with its front door open. Deputies announced their presence multiple times, but there was no answer or acknowledgment from inside the camper.
According to the report, deputies had to maneuver around multiple pieces of trash, tarps and dirt to get to the front door of the camper. While walking near the front door, deputies saw an unresponsive man in a lawn chair. Deputies shook him awake and he said he was unsure where the parents of the child were.
While speaking to the man, a woman, Samantha Donohue, 26, appeared from Taylor Avenue.
Deputies searched the camper and found a second child, covered and hidden under multiple pieces of clothing and blankets, the arrest report said. This child, just like the other, was covered in dirt and bug bites, deputies said.
Donohue is the mother of the children and she made statements to deputies, but they have been removed from the arrest report.
The camper was damaged and open to the outside elements, the arrest report said. There was no electricity, no running water, no functioning bathroom and no food was located in the camper. There were two dog bowls with loose pretzels in them and a child’s spoon inside one of the bowls.
Clay County Fire and Rescue were called to the scene to conduct a health check on the two children.
A Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) investigator was called to the scene and told deputies “these are hazardous conditions for a child to live in.” DCF documented the scene and a consent to search form was completed by the property owner (a man not involved in the case).
Donohue was arrested for two counts of child neglect without bodily harm. Before being transported to Clay County Jail, she was taken to Orange Park Medical Center for medical clearance concerning her own health conditions.
Donohue was medically cleared and later transported to Clay County Jail. She has since posted bond and a review of the case is scheduled for Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 12 of the Clay County Courthouse.