Miami Mother Arrested for Abandoning Disabled Son at SeaWorld
Rosa Marie Pou, 44 of Miami, was arrested yesterday after allegedly abandoning her severely disabled son at the SeaWorld amusement park in Orlando and then laughing about it. Her son has severe mental and developmental disabilities, and police originally thought he was about 8-years-old when they found him alone in a play area for children at the park. The son, according to various reports, is actually 18 or 21 years old.
An off-duty police officer working at the park noticed that the man had been left alone in the "Happy Harbor" area for up to two hours. The man has no communication skills.
Police eventually found Pou in the park about 25 minutes later, and when she arrived at the guest services area she was reportedly laughing over the fact her son had gone missing.
At the time a paramedic was attending to her son because he appeared to have a cold, but Pou refused to let the examination go forward.
She was eventually put under arrest, after trying to evade the officers, and is now being charged with neglect of a disabled adult and resisting an officer without violence. She was transported to an Orange County jail, but has since been released.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Miami New Times' biggest stories.
- Baseball Player's Former Assistant Sold His $167K Boat Behind His Back in Opa-locka
- Goat Blood-Drinking Senate Candidate Tried to Get Miley Cyrus' Endorsement
- Poll: Floridians Really Don't Want Guns on Campuses