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Dunedin woman accused of child neglect


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.


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.


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.


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.

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