A Bradenton Beach man arrested on charges of child neglect is asking the court to permit visitation with the child.
Lance Aaron Blaylock, 24, and Phaedra Christina Brace, 30, of Second Street North were arrested late Nov. 6 after a neighbor called the Bradenton Beach Police Department to report a crying child wandering in the street.
Both Blaylock and Brace face charges of child neglect without great bodily harm, a third-degree felony.
Brace has not appeared in court.
Blaylock, meanwhile, has pleaded not guilty and demanded a jury trial.
He also sent the court a letter asking that a “no contact” order be lifted so he could visit his child.
In the one-page letter, Blaylock wrote, “There was no violence involved in this matter, nor was it intentional. This was a very avoidable accident which will never happen again.”
A police report stated that a neighbor alerted police to a situation — a child crying outside and a smoke alarm sounding at a nearby home.
When BBPD officers arrived to a residence in the 300 block of Second Street North, they said they found the child walking in circles around Blaylock, who was lying unconscious in the back yard beside a puddle of vomit.
The report stated that food burning on the stovetop was the cause of the triggered smoke alarm.
Alleging inaccuracies in the police report, Blaylock said he and Brace did not fight and “there was absolutely no drinking on my behalf at the house with my son. I simply came home from a party that way, making the biggest mistake of my life (being) unable to awaken.”