Mother Faces Attempted Murder And Abuse Charges
January 4, 2007
WINTER HAVEN (December 22, 2006) - A 32-year-old woman has been arrested on charges of first-degree attempted murder and child abuse after being accused of forcing her 10-month-old daughter to drink bleach.
Liverine Cajuste told Winter Haven Police Department officers that she tried to kill herself and her daughter, Luciene Beawbrin, because she was depressed.
Cajuste was arrested Dec. 13 after she was released from Winter Haven Hospital. She is being held at the Polk County Jail on $26,000 bail.
Cajuste told officers that when she fed the bleach to Luciene, the child began to throw up. As of today, no serious harm was caused to the baby, according to the complaint affidavit filed by Winter Haven police.
The incident took place Nov. 3, when Cajuste drank a cup of bleach in her apartment at 455 Ave. T N.E., according to the police report of the incident.
The single mother then refilled the cup and forced her 10-month-old daughter to drink bleach, according to a police report. Her other daughter, Ashley Beawbrin, 2, was in the home but was not injured.
Police were called after a neighbor heard someone call out for help and went to the apartment, the report said.
The neighbor discovered Cajuste sitting on the living room floor disoriented and holding her younger daughter. The neighbor immediately grabbed the infant and took her outside for fresh air and then ran to the store next door and obtained some milk, the report stated.
The neighbor gave the infant some milk and caused her to throw up.
When EMS arrived, both Cajuste and her daughter were taken to Winter Haven Hospital.
The infant was treated and later released. Both children are now under the care of the Florida Department of Children & Families. Before her arrest, Cajuste was admitted to the hospital under the state’s Baker Act for treatment.
Source: The Ledger