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Police capture man accused of leaving baby to flee officers

Posted January 5, 2010

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— Raleigh police helped Cary police on Tuesday capture a 21-year-old probationer who was accused of abandoning his infant in a vehicle when approached by officers Sunday night.

Investigators found Justin Devone Bell at a relative's house in Raleigh around 12:30 a.m. He was taken into custody without incident, authorities said.

Bell is charged with child abuse, resisting and obstructing a public officer, possession with the intent to sell and distribute marijuana and failure to appear.

On Sunday night, officers approached Bell, who was sitting inside a vehicle in the parking lot of the First Citizens Bank on Kildaire Farm Road around 10:30 p.m.

Officers said he gave them a false name and told them he was waiting for a woman who was cleaning the bank. He then ran away, leaving his 6-month-old baby in the vehicle, police said.

The baby was OK and returned to the mother, authorities said.

Bell is on probation for March 2009 convictions for delivering or selling drugs, breaking-and-entering vehicles, larceny, obstructing justice and driving on a revoked license, according to state Department of Correction records.

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  • mistersinister Jan 5, 2010

    "So he should have run from police and kept the child? At least if he HAD to run he didn't endanger the child too.."

    Are you really asking this? Did that question really enter your mind? There's a list of things this loser should and shouldn't have done, mainly take a child on a drug deal and also, run from the police in the first place.

  • Just Once Jan 5, 2010

    So he should have run from police and kept the child? At least if he HAD to run he didn't endanger the child too..

  • are you kidding me Jan 5, 2010

    Children do not pick their parents. Poor child! Good luck!

  • ginaosbo Jan 5, 2010

    I keep coming back to see when the Race Card it going to be flipped out on the table!

  • NCAries Jan 5, 2010

    ...if she let someone of his background take her child....Chapel Hill Conservative

    She had a child with him...I'm sure his background doesn't matter...he's still the child's father.

  • mac240 Jan 5, 2010

    21 years with a long criminal record, I think his career is set in stone. Why would a woman want to establish a lifelong relationship with this person by having his baby? Ladies when was the last time one these guys did anything nice for you that didn’t involve getting between your "You Know What". Taking your kid to see his father in prison is not normal or cool. Ask your one simple question before getting involved with these guys; will he be an asset or a liability, if you answer yes to the later then run away as fast as you can. The cycle must stop!

  • EZeegoing Jan 5, 2010

    Lets see. He has a drug problem, criminal record, low respect for authority, what are the odds that this gentleman will hold down a job and not be a burden on society??

  • oldrebel Jan 5, 2010

    re:"Are all our young mothers so low on their self esteem that they rely on men with criminal backgrounds..."

    It does seem like many feel presured to have a man, any man, to the point that a criminal background doesn't rise onto their radar screen. Then they end up even deeper in troubles than they would have been out on thier own.

  • Lead by Example Jan 5, 2010

    "Isn't 46 years of Great Society social welfare programs great?"

    -DowntownStreets

    You're exactly right. Maybe one day our government will realize that the current system actually encourages people to stay in poverty, instead of helping to get people out of poverty. My hope for that is probably misplaced however, since many politicians need things to stay as they are to keep getting re-elected.

  • jrfergerson Jan 5, 2010

    Are all our young mothers so low on their self esteem that they rely on men with criminal backgrounds - And then to put their children in dangerous hands of these criminals? Somebody has dropped the ball on what being a parent is or is it kids having kids the problem here.

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