Deputies: Port Richey woman blames child's injuries on drug use

PORT RICHEY — A family member brought a 3-year-old girl to authorities because the child had "extensive bruising" to her ear and under her eye, with scratches on her face and neck, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states.

The child's caregiver, Renee Schechtman, told investigators she snorted a crushed Roxicodone pill and fell down while showering with the child, which caused the toddler to also fall and hit her head on the bathtub. Schechtman, 27, brought the child to a family member, who took the girl to the Sheriff's Office. Investigators said the toddler had old and new injuries "indicative of non-accidental injury/physical abuse," the report states.

Due to the nature of the allegations, authorities did not release Schechtman's relationship to the child.

Schechtman, of 7524 San Moritz Drive, was arrested Friday and charged with neglect of a child. She was also charged with grand theft; she is accused of stealing a computer from her mother. She was released from the Pasco jail that same day on $4,000 bail.

Deputies: Port Richey woman blames child's injuries on drug use 07/24/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 9:03pm]

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