Child Abuse Arrest

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Crimes Against Children Unit
Support Services Bureau
-Forensic Science Division

Evelyn Lopez-Fleites (Suspect – Arrested)
DOB: 07/24/1996
Address: 8401 Bayou Boardwalk, Apartment 710 in Largo
Charge: Aggravated Child Abuse

The victim is a 3-month-old male. Per Florida Statute 119.071(2)(h)1, no further information will be released that would tend to identify the victim.

What:
Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit have arrested a Largo woman for Aggravated Child Abuse.

When:
The investigation started Sunday, October 18, 2020 when detectives responded to All Children’s Hospital for unexplained injuries to a 3-month-old male.   

Where:
The crime occurred at 8401 Bayou Boardwalk, Apartment 710 in Largo.

Why/How:
Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit have arrested a Largo woman for Aggravated Child Abuse.

Detectives were notified of a 3-month-old admitted to All Children’s Hospital for unexplained injuries. The child was brought in by 24-year-old Evelyn Lopez-Fleites after he began having seizures.

Investigators learned the victim sustained several brain bleeds and multiple retinal hemorrhages consistent with abusive trauma.

When detectives initially interviewed Lopez-Fleites, they noted inconsistencies in her possible explanation of the injuries.

On October 21, 2020 Lopez-Fleites was interviewed by detectives at the Sheriff’s Administrative Building located at 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Detectives say Lopez-Fleites admitted to detectives that she intentionally picked up the 3-month-old and shook him in a back and forth motion out of frustration caused by the baby’s crying. 

Lopez-Fleites was charged with Aggravated Child Abuse and transported to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.

The victim remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

The investigation continues.
*A booking photo was not available at the time of this release

 

Posted by Chuck Skipper Wednesday, October 21, 2020 6:23:00 PM Categories: Crimes Against Persons

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