FORT PIERCE, Fla. - The discovery of human bites on an infant girl has led to the arrest of the 25-year-old mother and her 22-year-old boyfriend, according to arrest records.
Shareka Key and Moses Jackson, both of the 5000 block of Sanibel Avenue, were jailed on Thursday on charges of felony child neglect.
Florida Department of Children and Families intervened and put the child in the custody of the child's father and his mother.
According to reports, the father's mother first discovered the bite marks after Key dropped the child off. The mother called 911 and the child was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center where a medical exam found three human bite marks including a large one on the child's right cheek. The others were on her back and a leg.
Before going to the hospital, the father took photos and texted them to Key. The father said Key advised him to treat them with a wet cloth.
When Key was called to the emergency room, she told deputies Jackson watches the infant while she is at school. She said she didn't see any bite marks before taking the infant to the father, according to the reports. Key was arrested at the hospital.
Jackson came in for questioning and said he was the only person who takes care of the child and he didn't see any bite marks. However after he was arrested, "He confessed to biting the child three days ago but said he did not mean to bite hard," according to the reports.
Both Key and Jackson are out of the St. Lucie County Jail on bail.
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