I believe the gopher tortoise is a protected species in Florida. I'm not up on the regulations, however, it is probably illegal for you to bring the baby inside. Do you live in a rural area? Is there a wildlife expert you can call to find out what to do with the baby?
Tortoises don't care for their babies, so it is fine that you haven't seen a parent. Just put the little one near the hole. Then let him do his thing. They have good instincts and he will know what to do.
Colin is my son, and yes we did set the little guy outside. amongst much weeping and wailing from the kids we put him by the bushes in our yard. he hung around for a day but we have not seen him since. I hope he will stick around I want to watch him grow.
And finding him has sparked a love for tortoises. We have made plans to get a red footed tortoise in sept when the next reptile fair comes to town. In the meantime we will be doing our research, and i will probably have many questions.
Thanks for your help