Lake Wales woman charged in death of her toddler
(BTLS Staff) LAKE WALES, Fla. – A 32-year-old Lake Wales woman is behind bars facing aggravated child abuse and manslaughter charges in the death of her two-year-old son.
Christina Speed is being held without bond in the Orange County Jail near Orlando.
According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report Sty’zjon Alston was pronounced dead Sunday at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital Hospital. The report states the little boy died from injuries sustained at the hands of his mother.
“This child had incredible internal injuries,” explained Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. “This child died from obvious injuries to the head.”
Investigators say Speed was attempting to sleep Friday morning after working the overnight shift at her place of employment. after working a night shift at her place of employment early Friday morning.
Sty’zjon would not go to sleep and the suspect was growing more and more agitated. Speed started texting family members that she did not want to hurt the child but “it [my agitation] was bad, nothing was working and I was getting worse.”
All phones have been seized as part of this investigation the report states. At the encouragement of family members Speed brought the child to her sister’s house in Lake Wales.
It was while at the residence someone noticed obvious injuries and the child’s lethargic state. The little boy also vomited. Speed returned to her sister’s home and immediately called 9-1-1.
Emergency medical service personnel were dispatched to treat the child. Due to the severity of his injuries he was airlifted by helicopter to Arnold Palmer ACH.
During their investigation relatives of the suspect told deputies Speed became overwhelmed by her lack of sleep and Sty’zion’s crying.
After she was read her Miranda Rights, the suspect told detectives she was angry and laid the child ‘very firmly’ on the bed several times. She denied shaking Sty’zjon but did admit to spanking him three times.
Speed also admitted to detectives that she contacted her sister and stated she was ‘going to smash his face in.’
She told detectives she contacted her sister and said she was “going
to smash his face in.”
Doctors at the hospital told investigators the victim’s injuries were consistent with physical abuse.
Speed has no prior arrests in Polk County and no other children. The suspect says she just moved to the area from Virginia and serves in the United States Air Force Reserves.