CLEWISTON, FL. (June 21, 2005) -- Sheriff Ronnie Lee announces that an
investigation involving the Hendry
County Sheriff's Office and the City of Clewiston Police Department has
led to the arrest of Saira Morales age 21 of 248 Horse Club Avenue in
central Hendry County for child neglect. The case began with a 9-1-1
call regarding a sick child. The call was placed from a Mobile Home Park
located in the Clewiston City Limits where the child had been left with
a baby sitter. City Police Officer Pat Came responded and determined
that the 9 month old child was not breathing. Officer Came began rescue
breathing until Hendry County Emergency Services arrived at the scene.
EMS transported the child to Hendry Regional Hospital where they
continued emergency breathing until the child was airlifted to Palms
West Hospital in Palm Beach County.
Subsequent investigation by the
Clewiston Police Department revealed that the child neglect events
actually occurred in the county and the case was turned over to the
Hendry County Sheriff's Office. HCSO Criminal Investigator Tiffany
Arnold advanced the investigation that led to second degree felony
charges against Saira Morales mother of the infant. Morales was booked
into the Hendry County Jail under a $50,000.00 bond.