2-Year Old Allegedly Battered By Sitter
LABELLE, FL. -- On April 23, Sergeant Perry Short of the Hendry County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the Hendry Regional Convenient Care Center, located on south Main Street in LaBelle, to investigate a possible child abuse.
Elba Santamaria, after picking up her 2-year-old daughter from her baby sitter, had taken her to the Care Center for treatment of a suspected insect bite. The daughter had swollen eyes with hemorrhages on her eye lids, multiple hematomas on her head, dried blood around her nostrils, superficial abrasions on the right side of her neck and swelling to her lower lip.
A nurse notified E.M.S. and the little girl was transported to the Gulf Coast Hospital in Fort Myers for further examination. After she was examined at the Hospital, Investigator Brett Daley was informed that, due to the nature of the injuries, it appeared the injuries were intentionally inflicted.
Investigators Daley and Keith Bennett interviewed the baby sitter, Rosa Betancourt, age 59, and she gave several different stories as to how the child received the injuries while in her care. However, she finally did admit to striking and shaking the child. Sheriff Ronnie Lee said Betancourt was arrested and charged with Battery, Child Abuse, and Child Neglect. She was released from custody after posting a $31,000.00 bond.