November 22, 2013

Woman charged with child neglect

Note: It is against the law in Florida for anyone to reveal any information which would identify the victim of a child abuse or neglect.

A 21 year old Key Largo woman was arrested Thursday night for child neglect after a small child almost drowned in a bathtub.

The woman – Cassandra Budka -  was caring for two small children when the incident occurred just before 6 p.m. She told Detective Lissette Zuelch she had just put the smallest child in a playpen to sleep. She put the older child in the bathtub.

She said she went outside to check the mail, then began cleaning the kitchen. She said the child who was in the bathtub then ran out to her and told her the other child was drowning.

Her boyfriend reportedly returned from the store at that point. He pulled the child from the bathtub and began performing CPR. By the time deputies arrived on the scene the child was gasping for breath.

Paramedics responded and transported the child to Mariner’s Hospital.

Budka was arrested and charged with child neglect.

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