(BlackMediaScoop) An Orange County woman was arrested Thursday on aggravated child abuse charges after witnesses say she shocked her child with a stun gun for making oatmeal incorrectly on Sunday.
Melissa Heale, who works for the Orlando Health and Rehab Center, denied that she purposely shocked the child. The 34-year-old mother told investigators that “everyone was just playing around with the taser and when she touched (the child) with it, it was not activated,” the report said.
The child and witnesses who talked to deputies had a different, more violent account of the incident as well as stories of ongoing instances of abuse — despite a lack of pervious arrests. Heale had been staying at a friend’s Orange County apartment for the past three weeks. In that time, witnesses watched as Heale aggressively administered discipline.
“When Melissa disciplines (the child) she will slap (the child) in the face, punch (the child) in the back of the head or will grab (the child) by the hair and pull (the child) around the room,” the heavily redacted report says a witness told investigators.
On Sunday, the report says, Heale started yelling at the child because oatmeal was prepared wrong. In her anger, the report says, Heale grabbed a stun gun from her bedroom, cornered the child in the kitchen, activated the weapon and touched it to the child’s left kneecap.
The child screamed in pain and fell to the floor. Investigators took photos of the child’s knee as evidence. The child also had bruises from another recent beating during which Heale used a kitchen spoon as a weapon.
The witnesses who saw Heale’s continued abuse told investigators that they never wanted to get involved but when they found a letter from the victim in which the child talked about no longer wanting to live, the witnesses thought it was time to step in and contact authorities.
The child is now in the care of the Department of Children and Families. Heale is being held in the Orange County Jail on $2,500 bail.
I hate this poor baby had to go through all that abuse before folks stepped in to help!
What do you think?
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