Caregiver charged with neglect after infant left in her care dies
(WFLA.COM) DUNEDIN, Fla. – Pinellas County deputies arrested a caregiver in connection with the death of a 4-month-old girl in Dunedin.
PCSO deputies and Pinellas Fire Rescue crews responded to a 911 call of an unresponsive infant to the home at the 300 block of Duncan Loop West at about 4:43 pm. Friday. Fire Rescue personnel pronounced the little Klo’e Morad dead on scene.
Deputies said that her father 19-year-old Anthony Morad found her unresponsive on the futon at the apartment where they were temporary staying with the girl’s aunt.
Klo’e had been left in care of Vivien Grey, 58, the family friend, earlier that day. She told detectives she had checked on the 4-month-old only twice – once in the morning and once in the early afternoon. She said she “should have” changed the infant’s diaper, fed the infant and moved the child during that time.
She also admitted to smoking crack cocaine the night before and maybe even that day, detectives said.
When Grey realized the girl was dead she said she was too scared to call 911. She left the apartment and got to a nearby gas station where her friend picked her up. That’s when she said she got a call from the girl’s family member, according to PCSO. She told them Klo’e was dead.
The baby’s father and other family members rushed to the apartment and tried to perform CPR on her but it was too late.
Vivien Grey was arrested on charges of child neglect.
Grey, who is no stranger to law enforcement, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and released after posting a bond of $10,000. She has served one stint in the state prison system and has several other arrests in the Bay area on drug-related charges.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the baby’s cause of death.