Man arrested after allegedly abandoning son on side of highway because he thinks he's gay

Evenaud Julmeus
Photo credit Haines City Police Department
By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Florida man was arrested and charged with child abuse after he allegedly left his pre-teen son on the side of a highway Sunday night because he thought his offspring was gay, police said. 

Evenaud Julmeus, 30, of Haines, Florida -- about 60 miles east of Tampa -- was charged with three counts of negligent child abuse without bodily harm. 

According to police the boy, a witness saw Julmeus kick his son out of his car and called police.

Police said the son was "very upset and crying" and that his father was angry because he thought he was gay.

The father told his son to pack a bag and get into a car. He told his son he was taking him to the police department, where officers would find him a new home. 

Julmeus then pulled over and stopped along a highway in front of the police station, and kick out his son, who did not have food, water or a cell phone. 

"The defendant willingly failed to care for the victim and left him on the side of the road in front of the Police Department with no means to care for himself and without knowing if anyone was at the Police Department," an affidavit states. "The defendant made no effort to contact law enforcement or anyone to advise them of the situation."

The child is now with his mother and his father is out on bail.