NWGA Scanner | August 30th, 2022

Woman arrested on child cruelty charges after two toddlers found locked in hot car in Catoosa County

According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On August 11th, 2022, at 1:52 PM, Deputy Beasley and Lieutenant Wooten responded to an address on Greenfield Drive about two small children locked inside of a car which was motionless. Deputy Beasley was notified by dispatch that the window of the car was busted out by a neighbor and the kids were out of the car and awake and breathing. Deputy Beasley arrived on the scene and observed a 2-year-old female lying on the front porch of the residence, profusely sweating and panting with her eyes barely open. Lieutenant Wooten also observed the small 2-year-old female victim lying on the front porch, wet, her body limp, and breathing. Deputy Beasley observed the 2-year-old male victim as well lying motionless but breathing.

According to the report, “Deputy Beasley spoke with all the neighbors on scene. The witnesses (concerned citizens) advised that this is not the first time that the victims are left alone in the yard of the residence and end up playing in the street with no parent or adults to be seen. The witnesses advised that the victims were out playing in the yard and the street when they could no longer see the children. They believed they were inside the residence. The witnesses advised that they heard the horn honk on a vehicle, and about 30 minutes after the horn was heard, they heard screaming.” The multiple witnesses and concerned citizens advised deputies they had called 911 several times in reference to the house and children.

One of the witnesses stated when she saw the female victim lying down with her eyes closed inside the hot vehicle, and she immediately thought the female victim was dead. DFACS was notified of the incident as well as a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office detective.

According to the report, “Deputy Beasley went inside the residence and observed the house to be a complete disaster with bugs and fly’s all inside the residence. Deputy Beasley also noticed the smell of urine all throughout the residence.”

Floridalma Miguel Velasquez, 19, of Rossville, stated to deputies that she walked out of the living room for just a minute and left the kids alone, and came back just a few minutes later, and the victims were gone. Velasquez stated that she began to look for the children and could not find them. Both juvenile victims were transported to TC Thompson Children’s Hospital to be evaluated. Velasquez was placed under arrest and booked into the Catoosa County Jail, charged with cruelty to children-1st degree x2.