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Cops: Boy found on porch shivering while in passed-out, drunken woman's arms

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Updated: 1/07 11:49 pm
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WFTV) -- A 2-year-old boy was found shivering in the screened-in back porch of a Volusia County home early Tuesday morning, officers said.

The resident of the home on Valley Drive called deputies when she saw the barefoot boy in the passed-out woman's arms, authorities said.

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 did not 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.

The boy was returned to family members.

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