CRESTVIEW, Fla. (WKRG) — Neighbors of three-yr-previous Adelynn Merrell say that they had considerations concerning the toddler’s residence life months earlier than her dying.
In response to an incident report from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Workplace, the older brother, about four-years-previous, confirmed up at a neighbor’s house. The neighbor walked the kid again to his house and heard a feminine baby inside the house screaming.
The report says the neighbor then eliminated the second youngster from the house and referred to as the sheriff’s workplace.
Zuzeth Martinez lives proper throughout the road. She says she remembers the incident.
“I do keep in mind the 2 youngsters,” Martinez stated. “I solely keep in mind the boy, however after the incident you solely noticed the husband and that was it.”
Deputies say once they arrived that day, they discovered the brother’s door was locked and he crawled out of the window. The report says the youngsters’s mom, Destinee Merrell, says she took the infant out for a journey for 5 to 10 minutes as a result of he was teething.
Deputies say they turned the investigation over to the Division of Youngsters and Household Providers.
Martinez says she thought the youngsters had been taken away for good.
“I actually do really feel like one thing went flawed,” Martinez stated. “Somebody didn’t learn their physique language proper. Or one thing fell via the cracks.
Officers with DCFS say they’ll proceed to work with regulation enforcement businesses on this case.