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.


18 Responses to “Woman Now Charged For Abandoning Kids In Bratt”

  1. Darko Sladovic on December 31st, 2011 11:07 am

    Those who think this woman was delt a bad hand of cards and don’t think she should be judged, why aren’t you making the same comments about Dwyane “Money” Pinestraw? I mean….he must of had a terrible childhood? We just “don’t kow the full story” on him either. Wasn’t there just no help for that poor boy? No one helped him! So he just shot a toddler.

    Apply the same standards to this lady as you would Mr. Pinestraw, to anybody who harms children.

  2. Elizabeth on December 30th, 2011 2:40 pm

    To JEREMIAH 33:2-3:

    Thank you so much for your comment. The phrase “man upstairs” is so irritating. My brother, who lives in an apartment complex, is a man upstairs. Creator, Saviour, Almighty, Shepherd are but some of his names. He’s not a homey, or a dawg, or the man upstairs, or the big guy.

  3. just saying on December 30th, 2011 12:35 pm

    First I’m glad an angel watched over those babies. Second I have depression and other issues and have made a few bad choices but NEVER at the expense of my kids so some need to realize she was wrong. Now with that said she can get help to one day make a change and learn from this tragic mistake and not repeat this kind of behavior. I will be praying for her and the kids and the family. Just remember those of you that make excuses for her are enabling her. She must realize how lucky everyone is and get help and move forward to a better life for herself and her babies

  4. Beegee on December 30th, 2011 12:23 pm

    Sorry….put the incorrect chapter….should’ve been chapter 33.

  5. Beegee on December 30th, 2011 12:22 pm

    Hallelujah !!!! To Jeremiah 23:2-3 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you soooo much for “fixing” that slang ungodly title….man upstairs,indeed!! What a slap in the face of the Holy God I serve!!!!!!!!! Not trying to be unkind,but He deserves the correct title…..for the world is blinded to His Presence and Power….

  6. JEREMIAH 33:2-3 on December 30th, 2011 7:27 am

    We need to make a correction. He is not ‘the man upstairs’, His Name is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. He is alive and He rules the world.

  7. fedup on December 29th, 2011 8:32 pm

    A mother protects. A mother does not neglect. Leaving your children without supervision is neglect and abandonment. What if someone would have taken them? Yes we all want to defend and protect our friends but sometimes they make bad choices and this was not a very wise choice. This lady needs help and I hope someone else has the children.

  8. Dottie654 on December 29th, 2011 7:32 pm

    Yes, Amber made a series of serious errors. Those of us who know her through our online experience are absolutely sick at this chain of events and feel so helpless because most of us are so far away. While we are ALL in agreement this is a tragic situation, we are also very much aware that the past couple of years have been more traumatic for a person of her age than most, if not all, of us will know in a lifetime. We are not excusing the actions that brought her to this point. We are, however, asking those of you writing such hateful comments to trust us when we say Amber is mentally ill (bi-polar) and apparently has not been taking her medication. She was also deeply traumatized by the sudden death of her infant son, so deeply that her ex-husband obtained custody of the children (and rightfully so at the time) which only furthered her trauma and depression. She was able to regain custody and established a reasonably civil relationship with her ex and his family, enough so that they attempted a reconciliation. The baby she had in the car with her was a result of that attempt.

    My point is…Amber did not receive proper care or treatment following the death of her son. She needed serious psychiatric attention to get through it all; she needed to get back on her bi-polar medication. And now we are wondering if she might not be suffering increased depression following the birth of her last (and final) child.

    Please put yourselves in her shoes and keep your unkind comments to yourselves. Instead send some positive support Amber’s way. She absolutely ADORES those children. They are her life. They always come first, which is why we now recognize how sick she is and how desperately she needs help. We can only hope that the judge who hears her case understands this, too, and orders her to receive the proper IN-PATIENT treatment which will allow her to get her life back on track.

  9. Bratt Mom on December 29th, 2011 7:25 pm

    Bama Lama, Im not taking up for this mother but just so you know the MAN UPSTAIRS has EVERY part of this including the air each and everyone of us breathe so nothing will be judges on this earth he does not want to be !

  10. Swamp Willow on December 29th, 2011 6:21 pm

    Jennifer, I know you feel for your friend…but she put children at risk. If she truly is an ‘amazing mother’, she will seek treatment for her obvious problems and make sure the children are in a safe place. At this time, they are not safe being with her.

  11. To Jennifer on December 29th, 2011 6:00 pm

    The “man upstairs” will judge her but for now the state of Florida and Alabama will. She left kids unattended at a park and put a one year olds life in danger while being under the influence. Its fine to be behind her but do not act like she did nothing wrong.

  12. Bama Lama Ding Dong on December 29th, 2011 5:41 pm

    Jennifer: you’re wrong sweetheart, we WILL judge her and she will be bound by the results of that judgment of law.

    Currently she’s being judged as a fool and an unfit mother. Seems to fit the facts of the case.

    The “man” upstairs has no part of this.

  13. Jennifer on December 29th, 2011 5:00 pm

    For those of you judging her you better think twice about it. Most of you and you know who you are have made plenty of mistakes yourself. This is our friend and you yourself would want support from people you assumed were your friends too. Amber is and always will be an amazing mother and the only person that is going to judge her is the man upstairs and the last time I checked that isn’t YOU.

  14. Well on December 29th, 2011 4:39 pm

    Thanks to the citizen at the park and the employees at burkes for reporting things that did not look right.

    People that care to take the time can and did make a difference.

  15. Elizabeth on December 29th, 2011 1:33 pm

    “A concerned citizen had noticed that the children, believed to range in age from 3 to 6, were alone in the park.”

    I am a mother of 5 children, ranging in age of 8 years to 3 months. I really can imagine the fear these poor babies felt when their mommy/aunt drove off.

    My mom pointed out to me that, sadly, it is possible that these little angels are used to being left alone.

  16. people-r-cazy on December 29th, 2011 11:12 am

    I also agree with Char! Those poor babies!

  17. uh?? on December 29th, 2011 10:52 am

    I dont know what 2 say other than agreeing with char

  18. Char on December 29th, 2011 8:43 am

    This whole thing upsets me and I can’t talk about it. :(

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