Manatee sheriff: Mom, boyfriend charged with abusing 13-month-old child

September 25, 2013 

MANATEE -- A 20-year-old woman and her boyfriend have been charged in the beating of her 13-month-old child, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

On Aug. 21, Melida Motino and Carlos Gutierrez, 24, took the child to Blake Medical Center and said she had suffered a seizure, according to a news relelase.

"Subsequent investigation revealed evidence of head trauma consistent with child abuse," the sheriff's office said.

The child was subsequently treated and released from All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, the sheriff's office said.

Gutierrez was charged with aggravated child abuse and child neglect, and Motino was charged with child neglect.

Gutierrez was being held at the Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $35,000. Bond information for Motino was not available on the jail website.

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