A Florida woman is accused of throwing her 10-month-old baby into a wooden fence and then hurling a metal rake at him after he couldn’t stand on his own.
Pinellas Park Police arrested Natalee Sesler, 25—who incidentally wasn’t wearing any pants at the time—after two juveniles witnessed the alleged abuse and told their mother, who called police, according to WTSP.
Sesler was reportedly visiting a man who lived in the area when she got upset with her baby after he wasn’t able to stand on his own. Witnesses told police the half-naked mom threw the child into a wooden fence and then threw a metal rake at him, which missed him.
Police said Sesler then picked up the crying baby by his leg and hurled him into a lawn chair, WFLA reports.
Shannon Wixon told WTVT that her 11-year daughter and another girl had witnessed the abuse and came running to tell her what they saw.
Wixon went to investigate and said she saw the abuse continue.
“I came out and looked behind the fence of apartment one, and that’s when I’d seen the lady sitting there and her child was laying over a lawn chair, hanging upside down pretty much, screaming, crying,” she told the station. “She was just sitting there not doing anything.
Wixon said Sesler tried to blame the baby for the incident.
“She shook the baby and said, ‘This is what you get for crying, this is what we get for you crying.’ And then she took off walking,” she said.
The baby, who also wasn’t wearing pants or a diaper, reportedly had a small bruise and swelling near one of his eyes after the incident.
Police also said the baby appeared to be malnourished and lethargic and the young child was placed into protective custody and taken to an area hospital.
"The baby will remain at the hospital for observation and further testing, before being turned over to other local family members by the Department of Children and Families," police said release, according to WTVT.
Sesler is now facing charges of child neglect, aggravated assault, resisting an officer without violence and violation of probation.
Police believe narcotics may have played a role in the incident.
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