Gainesville mom charged with cruelty toward daughter after drug binge turns deadly
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WGFL) —
Gainesville Police say a man is dead, his girlfriend is in jail and their 4-year-old daughter is in protective custody after a weekend drug binge at a local motel.
Officers responded to the Sleep Inn Suites on SW 40th Boulevard Monday morning and found 29-year-old Joseph Beavins dead from a drug overdose, Officer Ben Tobias said.
Tobias said officers went to the motel after receiving a call from 23-year-old Taylor Cheyenne Perry, who told officers she had rented the motel to go on a drug binge before entering rehab. Here's what Perry told officers, according to a report released Tuesday:
Perry said he invited Beavins to join her and he brought along their 4-year-old daughter. They went together to buy cocaine, Fentanyl and "ice" and were using the drugs in the motel room. She told officers she was high when she went to sleep but Beavins was still using drugs. When she woke up at 5:30 a.m. she noticed Beavins wasn't breathing and "knew he was dead." She told officers she and her child left the hotel and called the motel about 90 minutes later so they would check on Beavins.
Officers say they found both used and unused needles, drugs and paraphernalia inside the motel room, all within reach of the 4-year-old child. According to the report, Perry told officers she knew it was wrong and dangerous to have the needles and drugs out where the child had access to them but said she "couldn't think clearly" because she was under the influence.
Perry is charged with cruelty toward a child. She is being held at the Alachua County Jail on $40,000 bond.