Police: Drunken woman found passed out on cold porch with young boy in her arms



VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Deputies in Holly Hill arrested a woman they said passed out drunk on a stranger's porch with a toddler in 30 degree weather.

Tom Fordham called deputies when he saw the barefoot 2-year-old boy in the woman's arms on the back porch of his Valley Drive home, authorities said.

"The little kid, he's just... a little tike, maybe 5, 6 years old, and he's not dressed for this weather," Fordham told dispatchers.

When deputies arrived they said Candace Long, 28, was incoherent and muttering that she was drunk because it was her birthday.

Long told deputies that she didn't know where she was or the name of the toddler with her.

Deputies said they were able to track down the child's family members, who said that Long had been asked by the child's father to watch the boy while he ran errands.

Family members told deputies that Long did not have permission to leave the house with the boy.

Long was arrested on charges of child neglect, deputies said. She's being held on $2,000 bond and is not allowed to have any contact with the child.

The boy was returned to family members.

"It's not every day that you walk outside and see a little kid on your porch, so as far as being worried, I was concerned," said Fordham.