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Florida woman accused of handing pill bottle to child

Posted at 2:14 PM, Feb 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-28 14:14:31-05

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested an Osprey woman for Child Neglect and drug possession after first responders caught her passing off methamphetamine to a 5-year-old child.

According to the sheriff's office, around 5:15 p.m. Monday night, several witnesses traveling along Tamiami Trail in Sarasota called 911 to report a vehicle driving erratically.  According to the callers, the driver stopped in the middle of the road and was seen talking to herself, throwing her hands in the air and falling asleep at the wheel, before pulling off into the parking lot of a bank.

Fire department personnel say that when they approached the vehicle, the driver was attempting to conceal a prescription pill bottle by handing it to a 5-year-old child in the back seat. Within the bottle, deputies seized two straws consistent with drug use and .3 grams of methamphetamine. The child was safely released to relatives.

The driver, 34-year-old Shayna Delaney, was arrested and charged with felony Child Neglect without Great Bodily Harm, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Narcotic Equipment.

She remains in custody without bond.

Delaney has prior arrests in Sarasota County including in December 2016 when she was charged by the Venice Police Department with Child Neglect, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Narcotic Equipment, and two counts of Resisting Arrest.