Woman Now Charged For Abandoning Kids In Bratt
December 29, 2011
A Walnut Hill woman arrested last week in Atmore is now behind bars in Florida after allegedly abandoning five young children at a Bratt Park and driving under the influence to an Atmore business with another child in her vehicle.
Amber Rose Ryals, age 25 of North Pine Barren Road, was booked into the Escambia County (Fla.) Jail late Wednesday morning on multiple counts of cruelty toward a child and for failing to appear in court for violating her probation in a March 2010 driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident case. She remained in jail early Thursday morning with bond set at $27,500.
Ryals is charged in Alabama with driving under the influence of narcotics, theft of property and endangering the welfare of a child in Alabama.
Five children were found alone at the Lcpl. Travis M. Nelson Park near Northview High School about noon on December 19. A concerned citizen had noticed that the children, believed to range in age from 3 to 6, were alone in the park. She called the Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office and reported the situation.
Meanwhile in Atmore, employees at Burke’s Outlet on Lindberg Avenue reported to the Atmore Police Department that Ryals was in a vehicle directly in front of their store. They told police that they witnessed Ryals take a bottle of medication and numerous pills to the point where she was incoherent and confused.
Police said there was as small child about one year old in the backseat of the vehicle. Officers also discovered that she had taken several items from a nearby Fred’s store without paying for them. Ryals told Atmore Police that she could not remember how she got to Burke’s.
Ryals was transported by ambulance to Atmore Community Hospital for evaluation before being booked into the Escambia County (Ala.) Detention Center in Brewton.
The Alabama Department of Human Resources and the Florida Department of Children of Families are both investigating the incident.
Four of the six children involved in the incident belonged to Ryals, police said, while two were nieces or nephews. None of the children were injured. They were released into the custody of a relative.
Pictured top: A Walnut Hill woman is transported by ambulance from Burkes Outlet in Atmore after allegedly abandoning five children in a Bratt Park. Pictured bottom inset: The store manager at a nearby business comforts a child that was in the vehicle with Amber Rose Ryals. Pictured below: Ryals vehicle is searched by Atmore Police. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.