POLK COUNTY, FL - May 28, 2020 - According to an online news report published on ClickOrlando.com, a woman from Bartow, Florida, was arrested and charged with murder and aggravated child abuse charges on a 4-month-old child. Polk County Sheriff's deputies stated that the suspect allegedly caused the death of an infant, she was being held in the county jail, and she was not given a bail bond. The woman was arrested on Wednesday. At approximately 9:45 in the morning, the day prior to the suspect's arrest, Polk County Fire Rescue and Polk County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call at the suspect's home where the emergency personnel found a 4-month-old child who was unresponsive.
Officials stated that regardless of their efforts to save the infant's life, the infant was found with numerous bruises on her face, head, and body. An hour after arriving at the Winter Haven Hospital, the infant child was tragically pronounced deceased.
The suspect stated that another child caused the infant's injuries. The suspect stated that a 21-month-old child pulled the baby off of a changing table, the fall resulted in fatal injuries, and she was the only adult in the home. The suspect also told law enforcement officers that the 21-month-old child had a history of being rough with the infant child. The suspect blamed the 21-month-old child for the infant's injuries by asserting the infant's injuries were caused by the 21-month-old child who would strike the baby in the face with toys.
The new report states that an autopsy on the infant revealed she had sustained a fractured skull, and the fracture created a brain bleed in the outer area of the infant's brain. Dr. Stephen Nelson, the medical examiner, reported that these injuries appeared to be caused by blunt force trauma, not a 2-3 foot fall onto a carpeted floor. Also, Dr. Nelson revealed that he observed healing left forearm fracture on the of the infant. According to the news release, the fractures were old, and the fractures were caused by significant force, and this was not consistent with accidental injuries but by the intentional use of force. The doctor also stated that the blunt force trauma to the victim's head was the reason for the child's death.
Police detectives stated that after the victim's autopsy, the suspect admitted that she likely caused the arm injuries while she was trying to remove the infant from a car seat. The suspect stated that the baby's arm was tangled up in the seatbelt.
After the autopsy, detectives interviewed Angeles again. During the interview, Angeles-De La Rosa told detectives that she had pulled the baby out of the car seat too forcefully, and the baby's arm got caught in the seatbelt. The suspect blamed the infant's head trauma and subsequent death on the toddler pulling the infant from the changing table, leading to the victim's falling and hitting her head.
The suspect also stated to law enforcement that she felt overwhelmed. The suspect stated that she felt overwhelmed on the date of the victim's death. The suspect stated that she could not get the baby to stop crying, and the suspect stated that she felt overwhelmed with life.
The suspect told law enforcement that she "lost it in a split second."
According to the news press release, the suspect allegedly grabbed the baby by the shoulders and struck the infant's head twice against the changing table's wood frame. The suspect was taken into arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail. She has been charged with two counts aggravated child abuse and one count second-degree murder. The suspect is being held without bond until her first appearance hearing.