Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Dunedin woman accused of child neglect

DUNEDIN

Woman accused of neglect after boy found alone

A 32-year-old Dunedin woman was arrested Tuesday after Pinellas County sheriff's deputies found an infant in the woman's apartment, alone and filthy, authorities say. At 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, deputies visited the apartment of Kelly F. Rinaldi at 2284 Richter St. to check on the welfare of a 1-year-old boy in her care, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Tom Nestor. When no one answered the door, deputies broke it down, finding the woman intoxicated and passed out on the couch. They also found the infant at the bottom of a stairwell, Nestor said. Nestor would not give Rinaldi's relationship to the boy to protect his identity. The child was taken into custody by the sheriff's child protection investigation division. Rinaldi later kicked out one of the back windows of the sheriff's cruiser. She was charged with child neglect, criminal mischief and resisting an officer with violence. She was released from the County Jail early Wednesday on $15,000 bail.

PINELLAS PARK

Nurse assistant hit patient, police say

A 22-year-old certified nursing assistant was arrested and charged with battery on a person 65 or older Tuesday after police say she punched a resident of a senior living facility in the leg. Sarah E. Farr of Clearwater was working at Emeritus at Bayside Terrace, a retirement home and assisted living facility on U.S. 19 in Pinellas Park. About 1 p.m. Monday, Farr was changing the clothes of a 75-year-old female patient who was "known to be combative with the staff," Pinellas Park police spokesman Capt. Sanfield Forseth said. The patient, who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer's disease, kicked Farr in the leg. Farr told the woman to stop and punched her in the shin, leaving a 4-inch welt, Forseth said. Another employee witnessed the incident and reported it. Farr was released Tuesday from the Pinellas County Jail on $5,000 bail.

CLEARWATER

Police Department wins accreditation

The Clearwater Police Department has garnered its fifth consecutive re-accreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, police spokesman Beth Watts said Wednesday. The organization's agents based their decision to re-accredit the department on a series of procedure analyses, policy reviews and interviews with both employees and civilians they conducted during a visit to Clearwater in March, Watts said. The re-accredited status lasts for three years.

Correction

The Hematology Summer Camp organized by the Children's Cancer Center in Tampa paid a visit to the Clearwater Yacht Club on Tuesday for a day of sailing, swimming and hot dogs. A story Wednesday listed a wrong name for the camp.

Dunedin woman accused of child neglect 07/07/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 9:38pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. St. Petersburg council sets millage rate in first budget hearing

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council set the millage rate and gave initial approval to Mayor Rick Kriseman's $538 million budget at Thursday night's hearing.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman talks about the state of the city on Tuesday, two days after Hiurricane Irma passed through the state. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  2. How many more people would lack coverage under Cassidy-Graham? We can guess

    Politics

    WASHINGTON — It's safe to say the new Obamacare rollback measure toward which the Senate is charging would mean fewer Americans have health coverage. Exactly how many is unclear. Some argue it could be more than 22 million people. Others say it could be fewer.

  3. Woman's decomposed body found near St. Petersburg railroad tracks

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A woman's body was found near the railway tracks behind an empty building at 3100 38th Ave. N, according to St. Petersburg police.

  4. Warehouse burns on Tampa's east side

    News

    TAMPA — Hillsborough County emergency crews are at the scene of a two-alarm fire at a warehouse near 56th Street and East Hillsborough Avenue.

    Hillsborough County firefighters battle a blaze Thursday night at a warehouse on Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa. [Hillsborough County Fire Rescue]
  5. 'Dream big' drives Lightning's Conacher brothers

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — Two words: Dream big.

    Cory Conacher includes them every time he signs an autograph for a young hockey fan.

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cory Conacher (89) on the ice during Lightning training camp in Brandon Friday morning (09/15/17).