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In a neglect case with an upset stomach, cops find a baby suckling on a poop-covered pacifier

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Officers called to a domestic violence complaint in Tampa, Fla., found the tot wrapped in a dirty, urine-soaked blanket and sucking on a pacifier that a police report said was “covered in feces.”

Shocked police officers listening to a report of a domestic dispute found a baby “covered in feces” and wrapped in a dirty, urine-soaked blanket, according to a local MP.”

According to an arrest report from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the tot had a pacifier in his mouth that was covered in human feces.

Police had been called to the Tampa, Florida address in response to a report that Doreen Wakefield had assaulted her friend in a drunken fight.

According to one report, Wakefield, 21, had beaten the other woman in the early hours of Friday, pushing her through a door and hitting her repeatedly.

Wakefield had reportedly held the baby, who is less than a year old, during the altercation.

When officers arrived just before 3 a.m., Wakefield appeared to be intoxicated, the police report said.

After Wakefield’s arrest, a sheriff’s deputy told local news site WFLA, the baby was discovered leaving his own feces “in a feces-covered crib.”

In an arrest report, the deputy wrote that the baby was found to be sucking on a pacifier covered in feces and wrapped in a blanket soaked in urine and other human waste.

Further investigation revealed that the baby had wounds on her groin and thighs. The MP said the sores could either be from chafing or just being left in their own urine for a long time.

A search of the property revealed no suitable food for the child, a police affidavit said.

Wakefield was charged with child neglect and household battery.

Under Florida law, neglecting a child is a felony. If the abuse or neglect does not physically harm the child or cause disfigurement or disability, it is a third-degree offense.

Penalties include up to five years’ probation or five years in prison and a fine of up to US$5,000 (just over £4,000).

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