Belle Glade Sun

Woman allegedly abused baby

BELLE GLADE — A 25-year-old Belle Glade woman was arrested Wednesday after she was reportedly seen in the act of hanging an infant over a dumpster.

LaChanzee Jameilla Horbbs, 25, Southwest Third Street, Belle Glade, was arrested May 2 on a felony charge of knowingly or willfully abusing a child without causing great bodily harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement. Her bond was set at $10,000.

According to an arrest report by Detective Amy Hoffman of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), at approximately 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, she responded to the Lakeside Medical Center, located in the 39200 block of Hooker Highway in Belle Glade, in regard to a child abuse case. She was reportedly advised that PBSO Deputy N. Krause had responded to the area earlier because Horbbs allegedly had been seen throwing a one-month-old baby into a garbage can. Horbbs had reportedly fled the scene, and her whereabouts were unknown.

LaChanzee Jameilla Horbbs

Upon her arrival at the hospital, Detective Hoffman met with a legal guardian of the infant, who explained that she and Horbbs recently had separated. The woman reported that she left the residence earlier that evening with her and Horbbs getting into a verbal disagreement. Horbbs supposedly became upset and began to walk back home with the child and, in doing so, apparently held the child over a garbage dumpster near Fifth Street and Avenue D, according to the woman. The complainant said they continued to argue in the parking lot of her residence and it was apparent that Horbbs became more enraged and due to her aggressive behavior another individual attempted to remove the baby from Horbbs’ possession. At this time, Horbbs forcefully thrust the infant outward from her body in an aggressive manner, violently enough to cause the baby’s head to snap back, and a witness had to remove the baby from Horbbs, stated the report.

A witness to the event reportedly stated she saw Horbbs hold the infant over the garbage dumpster on Fifth Street and Avenue D and violently shake the baby one time, causing the child to cry.

Detective Lisa Leto is reported as responding to the scene and met with Deputy Krause and several other witnesses – who confirmed the same story of Horbbs’ actions at the residence. All witnesses were interviewed via sworn, videotaped statements and were placed into PBSO evidence. Detective Hoffman reportedly spoke with the infant’s doctor, who stated there were no current signs of injury and medically cleared the child.

The report continued that Horbbs was later located at her residence and was identified through a “show-up” as the suspect. According to Black’s Law Dictionary, a “show-up” is the name for a one-on-one meeting between a suspect and a witness in a lineup where the witness is shown a group of people and asked to select the suspect.

The report concluded that Horbbs was then transported to the PBSO Western Regional Substation for an interview where, after she’d been read her Miranda rights, she confessed to shaking her baby with force and holding her near the dumpster. She was arrested and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on the aforementioned charge.