Police reveal that the little boy was unable to swim.
On Friday, 33-year-old Ashton Heddens was arrested.
According to Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office records she was booked about 8:50 p.m. on charges of child abuse.
Police discovered that Heddens was intoxicated when she brought an unnamed toddler to a local swimming pool.
Heddens allegedly grabbed the child by his neck and torso and threw him into the water after he told her “I don’t know how to swim,” the WFLA reported.
The child was discovered with injuries across his body when police arrived.
The injuries included claw marks on the right side of his upper back as well as the right side of his neck.
When police interviewed Heddens — she was reportedly slurring her words. In addition, they reported how she was unsteady on her feet.
It was not clear if Heddens was the boy’s mother.
It also not clear if Heddens has obtained a lawyer. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office inmate booking website, it showed that she is currently being held on $5,000 bail.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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