Courtney Shanvice McBride of Davie, Florida was accused with child abuse after she allegedly put a plastic bacg over her infant daughter’s head and put her in a garbage can, sources indicate. The 20-year-old woman was charged with child neglect, child abuse, and committing an intentional act that could result in physical/mental injury. She was booked in the Broward County Jail on the charges. It is not clear whether McBride qualified for bail bond, nor is it clear whether she has retained a private criminal defense attorney.
According to the arrest report, the incident occurred on March 31st. McBride allegedly put a plastic bag over her 5-month-old daughter’s head and put her in a garbage can. She then allegedly took a picture with her phone and sent it to the baby’s father. The incident was reported to police by the child’s aunt, who reportedly saw the photo. The father in question was apparently out of town when the incident occurred.
When asked about the incident, McBride reportedly confessed, saying that she wasn’t trying to hurt her daughter, that she hadn’t tied either bag and that it was meant “as a joke.” The affidavit says that “”McBride stated that she took the picture quickly. She stated she placed a Publix plastic bag on the infant’s head and placed [the child] in the kitchen garbage quickly taking the picture with her phone.”
“It is believed that McBride’s intentional actions should reasonably expected to cause physical harm to the infant,” continued the affidavit, noting that McBride had intentionally covered the baby’s nose and mouth, which could easily restrict the infant’s breathing and possibly cause serious harm. Plastic bags are a well-known suffocation hazard for infants and small children.
It is not clear who is looking after the infant at this time and whether McBride will be allowed to maintain custody of her daughter, whose name was not released. Normally if a child’s guardian is incarcerated in Florida, the child is placed in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families. It is not clear whether the child’s father will be able to care for her.
Unfortunately, this was not the only child abuse case to emerge in Florida this week. One case that just wrapped up involved 35-year-old Reginald Owen Sean Jr., who was just convicted in Polk County of one count of domestic battery, two counts of child abuse and three counts of animal cruelty. The charges came in connection to an incident where Sean allegedly killed his family’s three pet bunnies with his hands in a bathroom of their Winter Haven, Florida home.
Reports indicate that on May 24th of last year, Sean got into an argument with his wife about who was responsible for feeding the animals. His children were reportedly home at the time. Sean apparently took the rabbits into the bathroom and killed them by twisting them to death with his hands, then emerged from the bathroom with blood on his face. He is expected to receive a two-year prison sentence along with five years of probation. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 11th.