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Date of Issue: February 13, 2008

Island woman released on bail

A Holmes Beach woman charged with felony child neglect has been released from the Manatee County jail on bail.

Pamela McDaniel, 39, was arrested in late January in Bradenton and faces charges of child neglect, a third-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a first-degree misdemeanor.

An affidavit filed at the Manatee County Courthouse in Bradenton provided the Holmes Beach Police Department’s account of the incident on Jan. 24.

HBPD alleges that McDaniel “willfully caused the near drowning of her 2-year-old son. The defendant left the child unattended in a tub full of water. The victim was found by the defendant floating face down in the bathtub not breathing. The child was revived by neighbors who did CPR.”

The police allege that McDaniel was “not totally coherent; her eyes were glassy and bloodshot ... indicating that the defendant was high on an illegal substance.”

Police reported finding drug paraphernalia near the front door of the Holmes Beach home and another location in the home within reach of the child.

The police also reported finding numerous child hazards in the home, including a plastic bag and a pair of wire cutters on the floor, and that “the home was so filled with clothing, empty crates, assorted items and numerous alcohol tumblers on the floor that you could not take a step without stepping on or tripping over an object. The playpen that the victim slept in was filled with hangers, blankets, pillows, a box and other items.”

HBPD alleged a pattern of neglect, citing a November 2007 incident in which officers went to a bank branch where McDaniel “appeared to be drunk and had left the child unattended.”

McDaniel’s bond was set at $5,120.

She is scheduled for an arraignment hearing on Feb. 29 at the Bradenton courthouse.