No charges for mother of baby found in DeBary, Volusia deputies say

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:40:30 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 17 2013 05:44:18 PM EST

Ralph Garlick Jr..

DeBARY, Fla. -

Volusia County deputies said on Tuesday there won't be charges filed against the mother of the newborn who was reportedly abandoned at a convenience store Monday morning.

However, the mother's boyfriend, 53-year-old Ralph Garlick Jr., was arrested after providing false information to law enforcement. Garlick initially told Volusia County deputies that he found the baby wrapped in newspaper outside the DeBary Food Mart on South Charles R. Beall Boulevard after hearing the girl's cries.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Garlick first identified himself to deputies as Charles Garlick, using the name of his dead brother. After questioning, however, Garlick admitted lying to deputies about his name and the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Although he’s not the father, Garlick said his girlfriend is the child's mother, adding that she gave birth early Monday at an apartment complex in Orange City, according to deputies.

Garlick said he was trying to take the baby to a safe location because his girlfriend didn’t want to keep the child, according to deputies. Garlick later flagged down a newspaper deliveryman, who called 911 after Garlick told him that he found the baby outside the gas station.

The child was taken by ambulance to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando. Deputies said the newborn appeared to be in good condition.

The Department of Children and Families said in a release that a man has come forward saying he is the father of the baby on Monday. DCF is investigating his claim and no changes in custody have been made.


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