Woman arrested on child neglect charges after allegedly leaving baby in the car while drinking in a bar


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Yvette Sara Acosta, 45, was arrested yesterday afternoon after allegedly leaving her one-year-old child in the car for several hours while she drank in a bar. The child was reportedly strapped into a car seat, and the air conditioning was running while she was inside. The child was unharmed.

A Gainesville Police Department officer responded to the bar at about 3:30 p.m., where other patrons reportedly said Acosta had been there, drinking and taking pills, for “well over 2 hours.” The witnesses said she did shots “one after another” and only went to check on the baby once or twice.

Post Miranda, Acosta reportedly admitted she wasn’t sure how long she’d been at the bar, but she thought it was between an hour and a half and two hours. She reportedly said she checked on the child every 15 minutes, but when asked how she kept track of time, she said it was whenever it “felt like 15 minutes.” She reportedly admitted drinking two shots and another alcoholic drink, as well as taking Oxycontin while she was at the bar.

Acosta reportedly told the officer that she went to the bar because she wanted a break and wanted to socialize and that she didn’t have anyone to watch the child, so she left him in the vehicle. She reportedly said the child slept the whole time and that she had planned to stay at the bar until it was time to pick another child up from day care at 5:30 p.m.

The officer wrote that Acosta was clearly under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and her statements indicated that she was planning on driving to get her other child.

Acosta has been charged with child neglect without great bodily harm. She has one criminal traffic conviction (DUI) from 2017. She was released on her own recognizance with a condition of no unsupervised contact with minors.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

    • It didn’t happen the way it’s written, man. I saw all this go down and that chick didn’t even order a drink. Idk who she pissed off, but somethings going on. I heard there was a baby sleeping, but I stayed out of it. Now I wish I woulda said something to them cops.

      • It’s never too late. You can contact ASO. Hopefully there are cameras inside and outside of the bar.

  • I was there and none of this stuff happened by that girl. I never even saw her order a drink. Don’t always believe the police reports, y’all.

    • You may not have seen her “order” a drink but clearly other witnesses saw her drink them. And she admitted to the officer she had drinks and took oxy.

    • Drunk pill head. All can think about is that poor child. Open up those legs to whoever’s dumb enough to hit it. Lock her up lock her up!

  • How eager the liberal sheeple of gainesville are to be up in arms with trolling remarks and Karen attitudes. To be so lazy as to view their community through a single news article without doing any research.
    I won’t blame the article author, Jennifer Cabrera, for just reading a single report and thinking, “oh, this will keep the boss off my back.”
    It’s nationally recognized that the word of a law enforcement officer no longer carries the same merit it used to. So, how much merit does the word of an officer from a police department who receives a 3 star review from its own officers carry?
    Not only does said police department maintain a 3 star review from its own employees on indeed.com, but a department that works hand in hand with the uf police department who is currently being investigated by the NAACP for racial discrimination against its own officers.
    But I digress, this is obviously a case early in the making. Facts are not yet confirmed; the groundwork has yet to be laid, and gainesville libtards are hungry for their next snowflake meltdown. This has turned into a “guilty until proven innocent” society that has this gainesville native feeling ill.
    The state of Florida is ranked 35th in the nation for child protection services and it makes you start to wonder why. Why is Florida ranked 35th? Is it due to a police department that is so outstanding it receives such colorful reviews from its own officers? Is it due to authors just being ready to ruffle up some feathers? Could it be that the people are following the distracting laser dot on the ground like a cat?

    • I don’t think “word carries merit” is correct usage. Do you know what merit means? The police need more funding, obviously.

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