BOYNTON BEACH (CBSMiami) – A woman reportedly found passed out behind a dumpster was charged after police discover her young daughter covered in urine, feces and dirt.
Boynton Beach police said on Monday, around 7:30 p.m., one of their officers was assisting with a call at 523 SE 20th Court when several people came up and said they saw an extremely intoxicated Julie Beers, 42, stumbling out of the area with her five-year old daughter. They added that Beers was so drunk that she fell twice and hit her head as she crossed the parking lot, according to the probable cause affidavit.
The officers called for back up and began a search for Beers and her daughter. Around 8:45 p.m., they found her under some palm fronds and trash behind a dumpster at 2007 S Federal Highway; her daughter was sitting next to her. The arrest report said Beers appeared to be ‘sleeping’.
Police said the girl told the officers that she had not eaten all day.
When they tried to wake Beers, she was “unresponsive and appeared to be severely under the influence of an unknown substance – suspect alcohol/narcotics,” according to the report.
When they were finally able to rouse her, the officers noted that she smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech, blood-shot eyes and was unable to stand. In her arms she clutched a child’s backpack which contained an empty vodka bottle and another which was half empty.
Beers was arrested and charged with child neglect. The girl was turned over to the Department of Children and Families.
CBS4’s Joan Murray spoke with the sister of Beers on Tuesday.
Caroline Stevens says her sister is an alcoholic and she hopes this will be a wake up call for Beers.
“It’s hard for my sister. I hope she finds her way. You can change your life if you want,” said Stevens. “I did”