(Photo: Polk County Sheriff’s Office)
POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A 35-year-old woman was arrested in Polk County for child abuse after the death of a 13-month-old boy, the sheriff said.
MPs said Neidy Mendez-Gudine called 911 from her home in Davenport on Friday and said the baby was “choked and not breathing”.
The child was taken to the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando, where he was declared brain dead. He died the next day.
According to MPs, Mendez-Gudine had told paramedics that she left the child on her bed while she went to another room to look after other children. When she came back 15 minutes later, she found that the boy on the floor stopped responding.
Doctors said the child had two skull fractures and subdural bleeding, and his injuries were traumatic and inconsistent with falling from bed or falling.
After an autopsy, the Polk County Medical Examiner’s office said the baby had died of head trauma and that subdural bleeding at the top of his skull and spine, as well as in the neck muscles, was consistent with shocks.
“The suspect was the only person with the victim at the time of the injury,” a press release said.
A witness gave the detectives a statement claiming Mendez-Gudine threw the child.
“This is the second terrible incident within a few weeks in which an adult has killed a baby for whom he or she has been accused of care. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who are suffering these unthinkable losses, ”said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. We will do everything in our power to ensure that this suspect is fully prosecuted and that she never has access to children again. ”
Mendez-Gudine was arrested on Wednesday and charged with a number of serious child abuse and manslaughter charges.
She is being held in a prison in Polk County without a bond.