Mother Threw Baby, 10 Months, Against Fence, Police Say
Investigators said they determined that she was frustrated and cursing at the 10 month old because the baby was unable to stand.
PINELLAS PARK – A New Port Richey woman was accused of child abuse after she threw her 10-month-old son against a fence and threw a metal rake head at him, the Pinellas Park Police Department said.
Natalee Nycole Sesler, 25, of New Port Richey, was charged with one count each of Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Aggravated Assault, Resisting an Officer Without Violence, and Violation of Probation. Police said it appeared that narcotics played a role in Sesler’s behavior leading up to her arrest.
About 6 p.m. Satuday (May 11), police said they were called to a home in the 5900 block of 72nd Avenue for a complaint about child abuse. Investigators said they spoke with two juvenile witnesses who live nearby who told them that they witnessed Sesler abusing a 10-month-old baby.
During the investigation, officers said they found that Sesler was visiting an unknown man at a residence in the area and ended up outside with her child where she was witnessed abusing him.
Investigators said they determined that Sesler was frustrated and cursing at the 10 month old because the baby was unable to stand.
The witnesses reported first seeing Sesler throw the baby against a wooden fence in a nearby yard. Sesler was then seen throwing a metal rake head at the baby which did not strike the baby although it was her intent to strike the child with the rake head. Sesler then picked up the hysterically crying baby by the leg and threw him onto a nearby beach-type lawn chair, where she again tried to prop the baby up.
During this time, the baby was wearing only a shirt and had no diaper or pants on. Sesler, too, was not wearing any pants only a shirt when officers talked with her.
The baby had a small bruise and swelling near one of his eyes. Police said the baby also appeared to be malnourished and somewhat lethargic.
The baby was taken into protective custody and taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. Police said the aby 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.
Photo is from a 2018 arrest in Pasco County.
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