POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Lakeland social worker is facing multiple misdemeanors after deputies say she placed herself and a toddler in front of a running semi-truck.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 30-year-old Angel Button and her husband tried to pay a moving company with a certified check on Wednesday, but the company’s employees couldn’t accept it. Deputies say Button responded by placing herself in front of and underneath one of the wheels of the company’s running semi-truck with her 18-month-old child sitting in her lap.
Witnesses told deputies Button also pinched the toddler in order to make her cry, according to the sheriff’s office.
Once deputies were able to get Button from out under the semi-truck, the child was safely taken from her.
When deputies attempted to arrest Button, the sheriff’s office says she resisted and placed herself in front of the semi-truck again and yelled, “I’m not going anywhere.”
“Placing a child in danger is no way to end a civil disagreement. What was she thinking putting that baby in danger like that?” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. “What this poor child experienced should make us all angry. This should have never happened.”
Button was arrested and taken to the Polk County Jail. She was originally charged with child abuse, resisting a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct. However, the Polk County State Attorney’s Office later reduced the charges in the case and dropped the child neglect charge.
Instead, Button is now charged with disorderly conduct, culpable negligence and resisting arrest without violence. All of those charges are misdemeanors.
A news release from the sheriff’s office says Button told deputies she worked as a nurse for Lakeland Regional Health. But her husband told detectives she works for the medical group as a social worker, according to the news release.
Deputies say Button’s social media accounts indicate she graduated from Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado, with a “Child Welfare Scholar” degree.