Crying infant, beer bottles lead to woman’s arrest

VERO BEACH — A crying infant found near an unconscious woman in a resort room filled with beer bottles led police to detain the 30-year-old mother last weekend, officers said.

Vero Beach police arrested Andrea Gonsky, of the 500 block of 39th Court, on a charge of child neglect. Gonsky was released Monday from the Indian River County Jail on $15,000 bond.

The manager at the Reef Ocean Resort went to Gonsky’s room shortly before 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the complex, 3450 Ocean Drive. The manager said the blinds in the room were open and that she could see Gonsky lying on the bed and not moving, reports show.

The manager told officers she heard a small child crying in the room. The manager banged on the window and on the door, but Gonsky did not wake up.

The manager then called 911. After officers arrived, the manager used a master key to open the door.

Police took the 9-month-old child and tried to wake up Gonsky, who was still unresponsive. An officer used a sternum rub to wake the woman, reports show.

Gonsky told officers she had not been drinking or taking any medication. But, police noticed several empty beer and prescription bottles lying in the sink, on the table, floor and in a trash can, reports show.

Officers also saw a large liquor bottle on the counter, next to an open baby bottle full of water, authorities said. Gonsky told police the only people in the room were her, the child and her boyfriend, who was not at the scene.

Police spoke with Gonsky’s father, who took custody of the infant, police said. Officers contacted the Department of Children and Families and took Gonsky to jail.

Gonsky has an arraignment at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 19, court records show.



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