After his mother got drunk and abandoned her toddler, a child waited alone at a Disney Springs restaurant bar last month. Employees at the restaurant got concerned about the child and alerted law enforcement, who located his missing mother. According to a recent sheriff’s report, she was so inebriated that she was transferred to a local hospital.
Rosanna Nancy Mezarina Meza, 42, of Clearwater, was arrested for neglecting her children. The child’s age is not stated in the report.
Around 8:45 p.m. on April 16, Mezarina and her son sat at the T-Rex Cafe’s bar together. Her arrest report stated that she ordered two Gray Goose vodka drinks that evening.
Mezarina asked the bartenders if she could leave her son with them for 30 minutes while she went back to her car and got her credit card. She reappeared ten minutes later. She then informed the employees that she was returning to her car for a second time to get her credit card. This time, though, she did not return. It took nearly an hour to find Mezarina’s location.
Mezarina had left her fanny pack behind, which contained receipts for five double Gray Goose vodka beverages she had purchased earlier in the day.
Authorities eventually put together Mezarina’s whereabouts. She was “severely inebriated” at the Lime parking garage after leaving T-Rex Cafe for the second time. Reedy Creek first responders transported her to Celebration Hospital.
According to the report, Mezarina was mostly asleep when she was taken to the hospital and didn’t beg for her child. She did, however, say that she had lost her baby briefly before being taken there.
Before going to the restaurant, the child and his mother spent the day at the Hilton Orlando.
The little boy told authorities that he had previously been left alone. According to the report, when the child stayed with his mother on Wednesdays and weekends, she sometimes left him home alone to work as a taxi driver.
Mezarina pleaded not guilty to child neglect, a third-degree felony, last week. Her trial is scheduled for August 15, according to Orange Circuit Court records. According to the Orange County Corrections Department’s online inmate database, she is currently being held in jail.
The sheriff’s report also said … “It should also be noted that (Mezarina) is currently on Felony Probation in Clearwater for Child Neglect until 2024. Special conditions of (her) probation include no bars as well as no alcohol,”
Mezarina was celebrating her son’s birthday at T-Rex Cafe on January 14, 2021, when she committed her previous offense.
“It’s an amazing place,” Mezarina said in a nearly 30-minute Facebook Live video. “My son makes me drive two hours every time he wants to come here. He adores this place.”
Later that night, Mezarina was arrested in Polk County for DUI and child neglect after authorities claimed she drove her Ford-150 pickup 34 miles per hour on Interstate 4 without her headlights on, according to a partially redacted Florida Highway Patrol arrest report, which also stated she failed her sobriety test.
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