Florida Man Brings 2 Kids To Failed Drug Deal, Police Say

05/20/2015 12:54 pm ET
Volusia County Jail

A Florida man is facing child abuse charges after allegedly bringing his two kids to a botched drug deal.

Charles McDowell, 54, was arrested Sunday night in the parking lot of a Motel 6 near Daytona Beach after Volusia County Sheriff's deputies were called there for a reported armed robbery, reports.

When they first questioned McDowell, he said that a stranger had robbed him at gunpoint in the parking lot, taking his wallet, money and keys, according to

McDowell then changed his story, and said that he was there to buy pain pills from a man who robbed him.

Because McDowell had two 6-year-old boys with him at the time of the alleged drug deal, he was arrested on two counts of child abuse, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

McDowell was released from the Volusia County Jail on Monday after posting $10,000 bond.

The two children were turned over to their respective mothers, according to the Brevard Times.

The man who allegedly robbed McDowell has not been arrested, reports.

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