Deputies: Plant City Man Abandoned 3 Children On Dark Highway On Christmas Eve

Dec 27, 2017

A babysitter faces desertion charges after deputies say he abandoned three children near a busy Plant City road following a Christmas night crash.

The Tampa Bay Times reports 54-year-old James Mack Williams was watching the children for their parents for a short time on Monday night. Around 9:30 p.m., Williams was involved in a traffic crash. Details of the accident were not immediately available.

Deputies said Williams left the children alone. An arrest affidavit says Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies found the children a short distance from the car on a "dark" and busy road. They were "distraught and in a state of panic."

Investigators did not say how old the children are.

Williams was found about a mile from the scene. He was arrested and is being held on $6,000 bond.

A lawyer wasn't listed on jail records.