Florida couple arrested in ‘bone chilling’ child abuse case, special needs 3-year-old ‘rotting in bed’: Police
A Florida couple was charged. Aggravated murder Police say “bone-chilling” child abuse case for allegedly abusing a toddler with special needs.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Bartow Fire Rescue crews received a call about 24-year-old Takesha Williams on May 12 at 3 p.m. The young mother told phone operators that her toddler’s pulse oximeter was not working properly, but that it was not an emergency.
However, when Emergency responders When they arrived, they said they found a 3-year-old boy with no pulse on a ventilator. The child was taken to an area hospital where he died, police said.
Detectives observed that the 3-year-old boy had severe injuries, including a severely swollen abdomen that was “semi-marbling and green.” The affidavit said..
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He added that the child had several open wounds and several abrasions on his back consistent with bed sores, and that he smelled of decomposition.
“This kid was rotting in bed,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a press conference.
“This kid was rotting in bed.”
According to detectives, the child abuse began years ago when the child nearly drowned while on vacation. Home in Davenport, Florida In the summer of 2020. Since then, detectives say the toddler has been connected to a ventilator due to near drowning.
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A free home health nurse was helping the child, but she had changed companies about two months ago and had not returned home, police said.
At the press conference, Sheriff Judd said that when police interviewed the home health company, they said the parents, Williams and 25-year-old Ephraim Allen, Jr., began refusing care last October. Sheriff Judd said the couple would not answer the door or be home when the nurse arrived.
A nurse with the home health company told police that both parents were taught how to remove and clean their young son’s trachea.
When interviewed by police, Williams and Allen told investigators they realized their son’s belly It was swollen and cold to the touch.
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Police said Williams waited for hours before calling 911 even though her pulse oximeter was malfunctioning.
“They’re just tired of it,” Judd added. “They got tired of the intensive care of this child and as a result, this child lay there and suffered and suffered and finally no life was spared.”
The medical examiner said the toddler had sepsis, pneumonia and stage 5 ulcers.
The couple was arrested on May 13 on charges of negligent child abuse causing great harm and those charges were upgraded. Aggravated murder On May 26
“I’ve never seen anything so sad, so bone-chilling, and so sick as what happened to this kid.”
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“I have seen some truly horrific events in my long law enforcement career, but I have never seen anything so tragic, so bone-chilling, and so sickening as the death of this child by these two despicable acts. What faced before being. Criminal,” said Sheriff Judd.