Florida: The Polk County Sheriff’s Officer arrested a 35-year-old woman on Wednesday for cracking her baby son’s skull in 2 places and killing him.
The incident happened in Davenport, Florida.
Neidy Mendez-Gudine was charged with aggravated child abuse and manslaughter.
According to the arrest report, deputies and paramedics responded to home last Friday after Mendez reported an unresponsive baby who was choking and not breathing.
Responders said Mendez told them that she placed the baby on her bed and left the room to take care of her other children.
She said she came back to the room 15 minutes later, in which she found the baby lying on the floor unresponsive.
The 13-month-old baby was airlifted to an Orlando hospital with skull fractures and subdural hemorrhaging.
He was declared brain dead and died the next day.
Doctors at the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital said the baby’s injuries were traumatic and not consistent with falling off a bed.
An autopsy determined that the injuries were consistent with being shaken.
The autopsy showed that there was subdural hemorrhaging at the top of the skull and spine.
The baby also had 2 skull fractures.
According to the investigators of the case, a witness told them that he thought Mendez threw the baby on the ground.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said, “This is the second horrific incident in a matter of weeks where an adult has killed a baby for whom he or she has been charged with caring.”
The Sheriff added, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who are suffering these unthinkable losses. We will do everything in our power to ensure this suspect is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and that she never has access to children again.”
An investigation is being carried out to find the reason behind the crime.