UPDATE: Titusville Mother Arrested, Charged With Child Neglect After 13-Year-Old Son Is Shot
By Space Coast Daily // April 13, 2016
Latasha Lanette Staley Arrested
BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Titusville Police Officers responded to a report by Parrish Medical Center of a 13-year-old with a non-life threatening gunshot wound on Sunday at around 9:15 a.m.
The preliminary investigation by Titusville Police revealed that the 13-year-old was shot at around 5 a.m. on Sunday and his mother did not get him medical attention until 9:15 a.m.
After further investigation, it was revealed that the 13-year-old had an extensive criminal history involving a previous shooting incident and multiple property crimes, according to Amy Matthews of the Titusville Police Department.
The teen’s mother had knowingly allowed her son to attend a party the night before, even though the teen was an adjudicated delinquent under the restriction of community control (probation) for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Burglary and Vehicle Theft.
Latasha Lanette Staley, 35, of Titusville, was arrested on Wednesday at around 10:45 a.m. and charged with Child Neglect, a third degree felony, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, classified as a misdemeanor.
The mother told investigators that if she knew law enforcement would be involved, she would not have taken her son to the emergency room, according to Matthews.
Staley was transported to the Brevard County Jail and is awaiting her first appearance.