A 28-year-old Florida woman has been charged in the death of her 3-year-old daughter who was left home alone while the mother was out dancing last week.
Tyecka Shanta Evans, a mother of two from Ocala, was taken into custody Tuesday after her youngest child, 3-year-old Taliya Richardson, was discovered unresponsive at home last Thursday.
Evans initially told police she had dozed off and woke up in the living room to find that her daughter had crawled over a pillow on the floor and had a plastic shopping bag over her head.
But Evans later changed her story and admitted that she had left her two children, ages 9 and 3, and her 1-year-old nephew home alone at 1am to go to a club with her sister and the woman’s boyfriend.
When she returned home to the Parkside Garden Apartments on Northwest Second Street from her outing at around 2.40am, Taliya was found unresponsive.
Surveillance video from the housing complex shows Tyecka Evans arriving home by car at 2.36am and running into her apartment, reported Fox 35.
Moments later, she reemerges and waves at her sister downstairs, signalling for to come up.
Evans’ young daughter was rushed to Munroe Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead less than 30 minutes later.
Hospital staff said the 28-year-old mom was crying and appeared distraught, reported the Ocala Star Banner.
During questioning, she told detectives she did not want to go to the club Thursday night, but her sister kept insisting and eventually she decided to join her.
Evans now faces manslaughter charges. She was released from jail Tuesday night after posting $30,000 bail.
Toyana Evans, Tyecka’s sister, also could face charges for allegedly lying to police, according to the station WESH.
Online records indicate that Tyecka Evans has a lengthy criminal record, which includes at least 10 arrests since 2009 on various charges ranging from traffic violations to grant theft and uttering forged bills.