Melbourne Beach Mother Arrested For Aggravated Manslaughter In Her 10-Month-Old Boy’s Death
By Space Coast Daily // January 22, 2018
Rosa Regina Feeney, 35, charged with aggravated manslaughter and child neglect
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE BEACH, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and GameOver Task Force has arrested 35-year-old Rosa Regina Feeney for causing the death of her 10-month-old boy last month.
The investigation began during the early morning of December 6, 2017, after deputies responded to the Deangelo’s by the Sea Hotel in Melbourne Beach about a report of an unresponsive child.
When BCSO deputies arrived, they found Feeney performing CPR on her child.
BCSO deputies jumped into action to continue life saving measures on the child until paramedics arrived. The boy was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at the hospital later that morning.
“Based upon the investigation, Feeney had been drinking the night of the incident and entered the bathtub while the child was playing on the bathroom floor,” said Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
“While taking a bath, Feeney undressed the child and placed him in the bathtub with her. Feeney fell then asleep at which time the child slipped under the water.”
Investigators say the mother woke up to find the child unresponsive in the tub and ran to a nearby room pleading for help.
As a result of the investigation, it was determined that Feeney actions that night constituted as child neglect and was directly responsible for the child’s death.
Law enforcement and medical professionals say Feeney appeared to be intoxicated during their contact with her that night.
According to BCSO, Feeney was arrested on January 10 after a warrant was issued charging her with Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child and Child Neglect.
Feeney was arrested Monday afternoon and transported to the Brevard County Jail Complex where she is being held on a $60,000 Bond.
Anyone with information in about this investigation is asked to please call Agent Joe Martin of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 321-633-8413 or CRIMELINE at 321-423-TIPS (8477).
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