Mom arrested after 2-year-old found in dumpster

Posted at 3:39 PM, Mar 03, 2016

A mother has been arrested after her 2-year-old daughter was found in a dumpster near a Plantation hospital, police said.

Catrice Yolanda Sheffield, 28, was charged with child abuse and resisting an officer without violence following her arrest Wednesday, Plantation Police said.

Sheffield remained behind bars on $16,000 bond Thursday, jail records showed. It's unknown if she's hired an attorney.

Police said Sheffield's child was found in a dumpster near Plantation General Hospital, at 401 Northwest 42nd Avenue. The child was in the hospital as a precaution but appears to be OK, police said.

The child is now in the care of the Department of Children and Families.

According to an arrest report, a witnesses said he saw a woman pacing near the dumpster with a child, then watched as she threw the child into the dumpster and quickly walked away.

Two medical assistants stopped the woman and pulled the girl out of the dumpster, the report said.

When the assistants asked the woman why she did it, she replied "I had a miscarriage five months ago and I'm depressed," the report said.

The report said Sheffield gave an officer two fake names before giving her real name. Sheffield also denied throwing her daughter into the dumpster.

"Everyone is crazy and I did not throw my daughter in the dumpster, I put her in the dumpster," she said, according to the report.

Sheffield appeared disoriented and told the officer she had a few drinks and smoked marijuana the day before, the report said.


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