A 31-year-old man was arrested early today and charged with felony child neglect after a child was found locked inside his pickup truck in a Dade City bar parking lot, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies were called to the Happy Dayz Bar, 12401 U.S. Highway 301, just after 12:30 a.m. where they found a child hiding in a locked truck. The boy would not open the door.
After investigating, they said they found Raymond Keith Ellison had left the 10 year old inside the vehicle and told him to hide from anyone passing by and to not open the door for anyone. Ellison then went in the bar to drink.
Ellison was taken into custody and transported to the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center. The child is in the care of relatives, deputies said.