10-Year-Old Boy Found Outside Naked & Drunk After Mother Reportedly Gives Him Alcohol

A mother has been arrested after her 10-year-old son was found wandering around outside drunk and naked. Yes, you read that right. He was naked. And drunk. And he's ten. Okay, let's back up here, shall we? Reportedly Nedra Byrd's neighbor found the boy wandering around outside in Spring Hill, Florida -- naked, scared and banging on doors for help. She took him into her own home to get him dressed and there she put him to bed. Then she went over to her neighbor's home. When no one answered, she reportedly cracked open the door and found Byrd asleep on the couch. Police arrive. Things get more awful.


When the cops awoke sleeping beauty and asked her if she'd been drinking, she reportedly replied, "Yeah, I'm drunk as hell." (Points for honesty?)

When they asked her where her son was, she said she thought he was in his room. Wrong answer. She was booked on one count of child neglect.

After interviewing the boy, cops say that he told them his mother had given him four shots of liquor. (Apparently brandy -- an almost-empty bottle was found in the home.) The boy's blood alcohol level tested at .108, which would be enough to make an adult drunk. Says the child's neighbor:

This little boy he said all I want for my mommy is to go to rehab and to get anger management because mommy drinks to feel better cause she's mad.

Interestingly, earlier reports describe Byrd as the child's "caretaker," not his mother. But the below video by 10 News does describe the boy as Byrd's son. Either way, I feel terrible for this poor little boy. (Just to play Devil's Advocate here, could the little boy have taken the booze himself after mom/caretaker passed out?) The boy is now in foster care. Thank god that neighbor didn't decide to ignore what was happening.
Police also say they believe this isn't the first time the little boy has gotten drunk -- thanks to mom.
Should this little boy be taken away permanently?


Video via 10News/Image via Hernando County Sheriff's Office
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