July 14, 2010

Heather Lovett’s Day Care Had Several “Helping Hands”

Heather Lovett Jail Booking
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Bradenton, Florida (The Weekly Vice) – Heather Lovett, a 21-year-old day care provider and a 13-year-old were arrested Wednesday after the boy allegedly beat and raped a 1-year-old baby in the woman's care.

According to Bradenton Police, officers were called to Manatee Memorial hospital after one of the fve children Lovett was watching arrived at the emergency room with signs of being choked, punched and sexually assaulted.

Parents of the child said they had been taking their child to Lovett’s day care for a few months and that their daughter had no injuries when they dropped her off that morning.

Lovett admitted to leaving the children alone with her boyfriend's 13-year-old son when she left to take something to her boyfriend. When she returned to the home, she noticed swelling around the baby's eyes, however the child wasn't taken to the hospital until the baby's father came to pick her up from the daycare.

Detectives interviewed the 13-year-old boy who reportedly admitted to punching the infant “at least 20 times” in the face and body after the baby threw a golf ball at him. Although the boy denied sexually assaulting the baby, doctors insisted the child's injuries were consistent with a sexual assault.

“Just the fact that the 13-year-old admitted to striking this child 20 times shows there are serious issues here that need to be corrected in the justice system,” said police Chief William Tokajer.

The assault comes just weeks after police opened a child molestation case in which a boy complained he was molested by an eighth grade boy who also "helps out" at Lovett's day care.

The eighth grade boy appears to be the 13-year-old boy's older brother.

Lovett was booked into the Manatee County Jail on a charge of child neglect causing great harm. She was released after posting $1,000 bond.

The boy was taken juvenile hall, charged with beating the child. An additional charge for the alleged sexual assault may be pending.

Vanessa Fox
The Weekly Vice

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