An Archer mother was arrested Thursday evening for reportedly making an allowing an explosive device to detonate near her 3-year-old daughter.
Alachua County Sheriff's Office deputies charged Emily Beth Huff, 19, with child endangerment and with manufacturing and discharging explosive devices. A man who was with Huff when she was arrested shortly after 7 p.m. at a home at 16493 SW 133rd Ave. was also implicated in the case. A sworn complaint was filed against Ronald Wilkerson, 35, for making explosive devices.
According to the deputies, Huff and Wilkerson told them that they had been lighting fireworks, but that they had used up everything. The deputies said they issued a verbal warning to the couple and were walking away from the scene when they heard a loud explosion from the area where Wilkerson had been standing.
"They (deputies) went back and found a 20 ounce plastic bottle had been blown up after it was used to create a small explosive device," said sheriff's spokesman Lt. Steve Maynard. "There was a three year old girl less than five feet from where this had been detonated but even though she was that close, she was unharmed."