Florida Woman Arrested For Child Neglect In The Death Of Her Boyfriend’s 7-Year-Old Son, Leaving Him In Bathtub Overnight For 12 Hours

The Clearwater Police Department have arrested a Florida woman for child neglect after the death of her boyfriend’s 7-year-old son.

Detectives determined that Shantay Belcher, 33, allegedly put the unresponsive boy in a bathtub and left him in cold water while checking on him a couple of times overnight.

After the boy remained unresponsive, Belcher reportedly called the boy’s father, who was at work, around 8 a.m. Police said she did not call 911 until the father came home shortly after.

Clearwater Fire & Rescue responded and attempted to revive the boy, but he was pronounced dead at Morton Plant Hospital shortly after 10 a.m.

Belcher told detectives she should have called for help sooner and didn’t know why she hadn’t, the agency said.

She is being held in Pinellas County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 bail. The Department of Children and Families is also investigating.

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