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Moms spend Mother’s Day jailed after ditching kids for booze cruise May 15, 2013

Filed under: Amazing,Bad Mother,Bizzarre,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,Florida Nut,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 7:40 pm

Law enforcement officers said two mothers left their young children alone at the beach at Gator Joe’s Bar and Grill on Mother’s Day while they took a boozy tour on Lake Weir.

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Billie Jean Williams, 27, and Mary Joyce Daffron, 28, were arrested and accused of leaving their children, 8 and 6 respectively, at Gator Joe’s, at 12431 SE 135th Ave., Ocklawaha. The children approached staff of the restaurant and told them they could not find their mothers and suspected they had left them, according to Marion County Sheriff’s Office reports.

After a deputy arrived, the children said they were playing on the beach when they noticed their mothers were missing. The women’s chairs and belongings were found undisturbed on the beach, reports state.

A man, who only gave his name as “John,” told deputies he knew one of the women from high school and had run into her Sunday. He said he had seen her and the other woman get on a boat at least an hour before, according to reports.

The boat on which the women left was eventually spotted approaching the beach. As the vessel neared Gator Joe’s, both women, who were highly intoxicated, fell into the water as they tried to get off the boat, reports state.

Williams began yelling at her 8-year-old due to having law enforcement called, reports state. The women said they had been gone only 10 minutes and the children were left under the supervision of the 8-year-old’s  “godfather.”

Officers later discovered the “godfather” was, in fact, the man named John, whose last name neither woman knew. The 8-year-old said Sunday was the first time they had ever met John, reports state.

It was determined the children were left alone for almost an hour while the women went drinking on the boat, according to reports.

The women were both arrested just before 5 p.m. Daffron tried to pull away from officers and was thrown to the ground and handcuffed, reports said.

The children were placed in the care of relatives.

Williams and Daffron were booked into the Marion County Jail on one count each of child neglect. Daffron was additionally charged with resisting arrest without violence.

Williams was released Sunday night after posting $5,000 bond. Daffron remained at the jail Monday evening with bail set at $5,500.

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