MANATEE — Sheila Turner has been named Employee of the Month for August by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
Turner was asked to assist a co-worker May 23 find a family with an infant, where the mother had a history of drug abuse and family violence. She could not find the baby by the end of her shift.
On the following Saturday, she learned the on-call unit had received several new cases. Turner volunteered to come in on her day off and was able to locate the child and devise a safety plan with the grandmother.
Turner was also able to provide evidence needed to shelter the infant from the mother.
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The attorney and judge on the case praised her work.
“Her efforts went above and beyond her assigned duties to ensure the safety and well-being of a child,” said Sheriff Brad Steube in a news release.