Heather Lovett, a 21-year-old woman of Bradenton, Florida and owner of Our Kids Home Daycare was arrested and charged with child neglect after a toddler in her care had to be rushed the the emergency room. The 22-month-old toddler had bruises all over her body, including her head, face and neck as well as dried blood in her ears. According to a police report, the toddler also had injuries consistent with a sexual assault.
Lovett told police that her boyfriend’s 13-year-old son was at the daycare during the time the toddler incurred the injuries. When detectives confronted the teenage boy, he gave them numerous accounts as to what happened to the toddler. Eventually, detectives say the teenager admitted to “losing control” and punching the toddler at least 20 times in the face and body. The boy said he became enraged after the toddler threw a golf ball at his face. The 13-year-old did not admit to any sexual abuse. He was charged with aggravated child abuse, but could face additional charges.
This is not the first time the police have responded to a complaint at Lovett’s daycare. In June 2010, detectives investigated a claim of child molestation at the daycare after a 3-year-old boy said he was abused. According to a police report, the suspect in that investigation was a 15-year-old boy and brother of the 13-year-old arrested in this case. Investigators said, the 15-year-old denied the allegations against him.
Each criminal defense in this case has a right to a lawyer and speedy trial. If you would like to read more about this story see Teenager accused of abusing a 2-month-old toddler at Bradenton, Florida daycare facility.
Violence, both sexual and physical, against a child is a repugnant offense, the consequences of which can be lifelong. If you suspect any incidents of abuse, you should immediately report them to local authorities, police, sheriff’s office, and / or the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) so a criminal investigation can be initiated. Furthermore, a Florida Child Injury Lawyer can assist in investigating the abuse, neglect, and personal injuries to a child.