Police Identify Mandy Logsdon As Suspect Who Fled Leaving Baby Alone In Vehicle
By Space Coast Daily // June 11, 2016
Logsdon FLED AFTER BEING PULLED OVER
BREVARD COUNTY • WEST MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The West Melbourne police have identified Mandy Logsdon as the suspect who fled the scene after being pulled over by police last Thursday, leaving a baby boy behind in the van.
According to the West Melbourne police, at 10 a.m. on June 9, Officer Sandra Jenkins ran the license plate on a red Dodge Caravan and discovered that the female registered owner had a suspended driver license.
The vehicle was was parked at Publix, located at 2261 West New Haven Avenue.
“As Officer Jenkins circled the parking lot, she verified that it was in fact the registered owner, Mandy Logsdon, behind the wheel,” said the West Melbourne police in a release.
“She approached Logsdon and engaged her in conversation relating to the status of her driver license. As Officer Jenkins began writing a traffic citation, Logsdon fled on foot, running behind a local business and scaling the perimeter fence.”
Officer Jenkins did not give chase as she knew there was an infant in the back seat of the vehicle. While other assisting officers searched the immediate area, Officer Jenkins stayed with the infant.
ABOVE VIDEO: West Melbourne police officers are working to track down Mandy Logsdon who left the scene after being pulled over by police Thursday, leaving a baby boy behind in the van. (WFTV Video)
“We were unable to locate Logsdon, and later received information leading us to believe she was picked up in the area,” said police.
At this time, the West Melbourne Police Department has probable cause for Logsdon’s arrest.
Charges include driving while license suspended, resisting arrest without violence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Police also said that there could be felony child neglect charges.
“After consulting with the Office of the State Attorney, we are unable to pursue that charge because our officer remained with the child and ensured his safety,” said police.
Although we have received several tips, we have not located Logsdon,” said West Melbourne Police Capt. Richard Cordeau.
“We continue to actively search for her and encourage her to turn herself in to answer for her actions. Letting an offender flee without making an attempt to stop them generally goes against what we do as law enforcement officers. However, in this case, we are proud of Officer Jenkins’ actions in ensuring the safety of Baby Jenkins.”
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ABOVE MAP: According to the West Melbourne police, At 10 a.m. on June 9, Officer Sandra Jenkins ran the license plate on a red Dodge Caravan and discovered that the female registered owner had a suspended driver license. The vehicle was was parked at Publix, located at 2261 West New Haven Avenue.