MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A northwest Miami-Dade man was charged after his son flew out of a moving car on Hallandale Beach Boulevard.
Around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Roland Delancy, 25, was with his girlfriend and their young son in a car when the couple got into an argument. According to his arrest report, Delancy’s son was sitting on his lap in the front passenger seat without a seat belt on.
When Delancy went to snatch a cell phone out of his girlfriend’s hand, she swerved and slowed down. That’s when Delancy decided he’d had enough.
“He intentionally jumped out of the car. The child fell to the roadway in the middle of traffic, lunchtime on Hallandale Beach Boulevard,” said Broward Sheriff’s spokeswoman Dani Moschella. “This is could have been a really bad situation.”
Cars and trucks drive 40 miles per hour on Hallandale Beach Boulevard boulevard.
Witnesses said they were shocked when Delancy ran off and left the boy in the middle of the road. The child’s mother stopped the car, scooped up her son and drove off. Deputies tracked down Delancy and took him into custody.
During his bond hearing, Delancy told the judge he didn’t run off.
“They say that I ran, I had no reason to run. I had a argument with my girlfriend so I decided to exit the vehicle, to remove myself from the situation,” said Delancy.
“The only problem with that sir, the only problem is that it was in the middle of traffic and you left your child allegedly behind, right between lane markers,” replied Judge John Hurley. “But other than that I can understand wanting to get away from it.”
Delancy is charged with child neglect and resisting arrest.