Manatee County deputies say a mother left her child near a mailbox outside of a home that she believed was the current residence of the baby’s father. Erin Carnes dropped the 1-year-old at the 1600 block of 17th Street East near a mailbox. Carnes returned to the location again, dropped two bags for the baby and left again.
The person staying at the residence says that she was never given the child, nor agreed to take the child. Carnes was later involved in an accident on the Green Bridge and threatened to jump off the bridge.
After returning to the station officers learned of the incident involving the child and alerted the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. The child is now in the custody of the her grandmother. Carnes remains in jail.