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Woman faces elder abuse charges after abandoning her grandmother at gas station

Amber Dodd, 26, abandoned her grandmother at the BP station on Palm Harbor Parkway, according to deputies
by: Shannon Martin City of Palm Coast, Public Information and Engagement

Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputies have arrested a Deltona woman who abandoned her grandmother at a Palm Coast gas station. 

Deputies responded to the BP gas station on Palm Harbor Parkway June 26 about a suspicious incident.

Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the victim who was standing inside of the BP gas station, and advised that her granddaughter, 26-year-old Amber Dodd, had left her there when she refused to sign the deed to her home over to her.

When asked where she was coming from, the victim advised her brother's house in Virginia. 

Deputies made contact with Dodd by phone. When asked about the incident, Dodd said, "I told her I was going to leave her and she still didn't get in the car, so I left her because I've been driving with her and my daughter for six hours and I have to get home."

Deputies then advised Dodd to return to the location and pick up the victim and take her home. Dodd advised she would return in a few hours to pick up her grandmother.  

While speaking with deputies, Dodd displayed a blatant disregard for the well-being and safety of the victim by leaving her at a location without any way to provide for herself.

Further investigation revealed that Dodd lives with the victim in Deltona.

Because the victim did not know how she was going to get back home to her house, the Family Life Center in Bunnell advised they would take her in for the night so she had somewhere to stay that was safe. 

“This story could have had a more tragic outcome,” Sheriff Staly said. “It is disgusting that a granddaughter thought that she could coerce her elderly grandmother into signing over the deed to her home and when she wouldn’t, she abandoned her in an area that she did not know. Fortunately, she was abandoned in Flagler County, where we take elder abuse very seriously and now Dodd can explain her actions to the judge.”

Based on the fact that Amber Dodd abandoned the victim in a foreign area with no means to eat food, drink water, have shelter, or transportation to her residence, to coerce her into signing over her residence, charges were forwarded to the States Attorney's Office for elderly abuse and neglect. 

The Department of Children and Families was notified of the incident and will be conducting an investigation. There is no further information to report at this time. 

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