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St. Petersburg woman faces neglect charge after toddler beat while she buys drugs

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested a woman whose boyfriend is accused of beating her toddler son while she was out buying drugs.

Laura Fossett, 33, of St. Petersburg faces a charge of child neglect and violating probation in a Pasco County drug case.

Police arrested Anthony Prestero, 23, of St. Petersburg on Saturday after he arrived at Bayfront Medical Center with an unconscious toddler in his arms.

He told authorities the 2-year-old had fallen, but doctors said the boy's injuries — severe head and facial trauma and multiple bruises — were inconsistent with that scenario.

The boy's injuries were serious, but his condition has stabilized.

While at the hospital, Fossett told detectives she left her son with Prestero while she got drugs, police said.

She was arrested Monday afternoon, jail records show.

Days before the incident, Fossett signed a "safety plan" with the Department of Children and Families pledging never to "leave her child alone with her live-in boyfriend," a police report said.

Prestero, who has a lengthy arrest record, faces a charge of felony child abuse.

He was released from jail Sunday.

Fossett remained in the Pinellas County Jail without bail Tuesday.

St. Petersburg woman faces neglect charge after toddler beat while she buys drugs 08/28/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 8:53pm]

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