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MOTHER OF ABANDONED BABY BOY IN CUSTODY

BSO Case Number: BS03-08-01326 (UPDATED)
PIO Number: 03-8-12
Date: August 9, 2003
Place of Occurrence: Public Safety Building, 2601 W. Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

Victim(s):

  • infant male, 6 days old, 8/3/03

Suspect(s):

  • Shatoya Nelson, 20, 2/22/83, female, 2950 NW19 Street, apt. 202, Fort Lauderdale

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives have learned that an anonymous 911 caller is the mother of a baby boy who was abandoned last Monday morning outside of a home in unincorporated Broward County near Fort Lauderdale.

At 4:10 a.m. on Monday, August 4th, a female dialed 911 and told the dispatcher that her friend wanted to give up her baby and she wanted police to pick up the baby. The dispatcher asked the female to stay on the payphone, located at 2901 NW 19 Street, until deputies arrived. The caller said she left her son in her apartment upstairs and she needed to go get him. The woman agreed to call the dispatcher back but never did.

On that same day shortly before noon, a 15-year old granddaughter of Estella Nelson called 911 after discovering an infant abandoned outside of her grandmother’s home at 3470 NW 17th Court in unincorporated Central Broward. The teenager told a neighbor who was outside gardening and the two brought the child into Nelson’s home.

The baby was transported to Broward General Medical Center and placed in the custody of the Department of Children & Family Services.

After the case of the abandoned baby boy was highly publicized by local media, on August 8th BSO detectives learned the identity of the 911 caller was 20-year-old Shatoya Nelson. BSO detectives made contact with Shatoya and set up an appointment for her to come into BSO headquarters at 2601 Broward Boulevard, on Saturday at 1 p.m.

During the interview, Shatoya finally admitted that she was the abandoned boy’s mother. Shatoya said she gave birth to the child in her apartment on Sunday, August 3rd. The next day she eventually decided to put the baby and her 2-year-old son in a stroller and walked to her grandmother’s house where she placed her infant son in a plastic chair near the front door of the residence. Shatoya walked back to her apartment with her eldest son before going to work.

Shatoya was booked Saturday evening on one count of child neglect. Her bond amount is $1,000.

MEDIA NOTE: THE 911 TAPE RELEASED BY OUR OFFICE EARLIER THIS WEEK IS NOT THE 911 CALL DESCRIBED IN THIS NEWS RELEASE.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. L. Philbrick, CI
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO

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