Florida mom Amber Warner tries to give away 2-year-old son to strangers outside a Kountry Kitchen

Florida Amanda Warner mug shot arrest after trying to give child away at Kountry Kitchen

Around 9:30 A.M. Saturday morning a couple left a Kountry Kitchen restaurant in Vero Beach, FL and encountered a woman who tried to hand them a toddler. 31-year-old Amanda Warner first told the couple that she’d found the baby boy but as the conversation continued she admitted that she was doing this because she “couldn’t take it anymore.”

The couple refused to take the child in their arms, so Amanda sat her son down beside them and drove off in a black truck. They were able to snap photos of vehicle and her license plate before she left the parking lot. She was located by police and charged with unlawful desertion of a child and resisting resisting arrest without violence.

“It pulls the heartstrings and you hate to see that. You’d like to see them reunited one day but if they can’t be and it’s best for the child that’s unfortunate but maybe at end of the day it’s what’s best for the child or children,” Chief Currey said about the incident.

The two-year-old boy appears to be in good health and is currently in custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families. Warner is currently out on bond.


  • BabyDoll0984~

    Yea let’s charge her for NOT losing it and killing him instead.

    • Bruja

      There are safer places to leave a child than a parking lot with total strangers.

      No brownie from me.

      • BabyDoll0984~

        I agree, but she’s obviously not in the right state of mind. It’s just better than reading about another mom losing it and killing her kids instead of looking for help. Idk.

  • melinehclassy

    Got to be more to this story sadly. Clearly she’s a fan of meth. Hope she overdoses and dies before the poor kid has any memory of this

    • Josie

      Nothing classy about this post. Addiction is a terrible disease. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone and certainly wouldn’t wish death on someone. I too hope the little one doesn’t remember what happens and goes on to a better life.

      • Pattipandi

        Death would probably be her best option at this point because she’s so far into her addiction it’s bound to happen soon or if she were to get clean and sober she’ll live the rest of her life in agony over her decision to abandon her son.

        • Josie

          Lol. Arrogant as always aren’t ya patticakes. Way to try to play God.

          • Pattipandi

            Where does the whole “playing God” part happen? Just curious…

            • Josie

              By saying death is her best option. That was such a cruel thing to say. No one is beyond hope and no one deserves to be told they should just die. Who are you to determine who deserves to live or die?

              • Pattipandi

                Never said she deserved to die but at the rate she’s going she will and if she gets clean she’ll never forgive herself for what she’s done. Plus what’s so wrong with death? The next realm is prob better than this life. Stop being so uptight.

    • Ed Rodriguez

      I completely agree with you. She’s a danger to herself and everyone around her. She obviously makes a lot of bad choices. Who smokes meth, knowing it will completely ruin your life? She’ll end up killing someone innocent for her next fix.

      • LN

        Well, I hope no one you love ever has addiction (or any other issues) because it sounds like you do not possess empathy or understanding. Is the kid better off for now elsewhere? Yes. Is she irredeemable? She knew she couldn’t handle him and asked for someone to take him. Bad judgement but right intentions.

      • Aussie cathie

        I suppose everyone in your family is perfect!! Shame on you!!!

  • Bruja

    She looks like The Joker

    You ever dance with the Devil in the pale moonlight?

  • LA79

    This absolutely breaks my heart.

  • tina

    Sad story but I’m not sure why the people refused to take the child. Clearly she was going to leave him there better to take him keep him safe till the police come

  • twelfthnight

    Is there nowhere safe this woman could have gone to surrender her child without fear she would be arrested for whatever drug she was on? She’s clearly not doing well and did the best thing she thought she could do.

    Kind of says a mouthful about the current standpoint on mental health, addiction and the law picking their battles for the greater good. She clearly loves her son, she didn’t leave him in a mall or at a gas station on the interstate. She tried to leave him with people–a couple– who looked trustworthy. She wanted better for him. It’s heartbreaking.

    • TrashTV

      I don’t think this woman has the ability to think of or look for other options for her child at the moment. We should be grateful she left the child in good health in a busy place at this point I guess.

    • ameliaBedelia76

      She would have to give him to the state.

    • savannah

      I was wondering that, I know there’s a safe haven law in a lot of places, like you can drop a baby at a hospital or other emergency response building with no questions asked. So very sad that she was at a desperate point with no ability to see a better way to handle the situation other than to try and give him to a stranger. Hoping both this woman, and her son are able to get the help they need.

  • Ali.P

    I don’t understand why the couple refused to take the child. If someone tried to hand me a child, dog, whatever because they “couldn’t take it anymore” I would gladly take him/her and call the police. I am glad that the mother did that much as oppose to what these stories usually are. I hope he doesn’t remember any of it and has a happy life from here on.

    • LN

      All she’d have to do was say they stole or kidnapped the child. They didn’t even know for certain if he was hers. It sounds like they called authorities right away so they did the right thing.

      • Ali.P

        I suppose that’s true. My mind would first go to helping the child before thinking about being accused of something though. I guess in that case you’d most likely have security cameras and others dining at the restaurant to confirm what happened. It would be easy to see the difference between a woman approaching a stranger and trying to hand them a kid versus someone approaching a mom and trying to take her kid. Then again, things that seem very simple often have a surprising outcome.

    • It’s me

      Thank god she left anyway, instead of taking him, leaving him in a hot car, selling him for drugs or god knows what

  • LoLo

    This is sad & disgusting but, maybe this is the best thing for the little boy. If she didn’t leave him, who knows what could have happened to him. I hope they can help her out too.

    On a side note at a quick glance from my phone I thought this was a methed up Nicole Curtis.

  • ChelseaHouskasEyebrows

    She appears to be perfectly sane and sober.