Man pleads not guilty on child neglect charge

A Bradenton Beach man arrested on charges of child neglect has pleaded not guilty and demanded a jury trial in the 12th Circuit Court.

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 is scheduled for arraignment later this month.

A police report indicates 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 backyard beside a puddle of vomit.

The report also stated that food burning on the stovetop was the cause of the triggered smoke alarm.

Brace, according to the report, told police she went for a walk after arguing with Blaylock. A probable cause report filed with Manatee County Circuit Court quoted Brace as saying she thought Blaylock “was OK to watch the child and not that drunk.”