Florida charter school dean and wife gave teen babysitter weed and alcohol for 2 years, cops say

Joseph Wilkinson, New York Daily News

They put the “high” in high school.

A Florida couple gave their babysitter free marijuana and alcohol while she watched their children dozens of times over the past two years, police said.

Adam Thayer, 38, and his wife, Misty Mitchell-Thayer, first hired the teenage babysitter in 2018, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. The unidentified girl was 15 years old at the time and charged with watching the Thayers’ 5-year-old twin boys.

Over the next two years, the couple gave the babysitter alcohol and weed around 30-40 times while she watched the kids, cops said. The babysitter admitted to investigators that she would get drunk and high and would not have been capable of caring for the children in an emergency.

Misty Mitchell-Thayer, 37, told the teenager in October 2020 to “Get drunk! Pass the f--- out!” one night, according to police.

The Thayers also encouraged the babysitter to invite her friends to their house to party, and she told cops she took them up on the offer, the sheriff’s office said.

Adam Thayer, who is dean of Pinellas Academy for Math and Science, a public charter school, was arrested Jan. 7 and posted bond Jan. 8, according to online jail records. His wife was arrested Jan. 8 and posted bond Jan. 9. They’re each charged with two counts of child neglect.