For Immediate Release
May 22, 2009
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
CRYING BABY IN FILTHY APARTMENT LEADS TO CHILD NEGLECT ARREST
Inside, deputies found a crying baby strapped in a car seat, wearing a diaper overflowing in urine and full of fecal matter. The infant was also surrounded by dirty diapers and trash. Deputies say a survey of the residence showed it to be filthy and in complete disarray. The baby was taken to the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center for a medical exam and care. The examining doctor says the infant's head is misshapen and she has weak muscular structure, likely due to being restrained in a car seat for extended periods of time and a lack of physical mobility. The baby also had a rash, blisters, and a yeast infection caused by urine burns and fecal matter.
Deputy Jermaine Scott obtained a warrant for 20-year old Jennifer D'Silva of 1402 Beverly Street, Apartment B on a charge of child neglect. On May 21st, D'Silva was located at a home on Spinnaker Lane in Shalimar and taken into custody. She is currently being held at the Okaloosa County jail in Crestview.
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