A mother accused a Florida school of poisoning her daughter before punching and biting a school secretary. Then, she took a bite out of a crime fighter, an Indian River County sheriff’s deputy.
Sheila DeJesus was charged with misdemeanor battery and resisting arrest without violence.
DeJesus works in customer service. The Vero Beach Elementary secretary told deputies that DeJesus’ daughter became ill during the school day on Aug. 31.
A call to DeJesus to request she pick up her daughter resulted in DeJesus telling the secretary she couldn’t leave work to get the girl. The secretary said DeJesus replied to a second call with foul language and blaming the daughter’s vomiting on the school poisoning the girl.
The list of emergency contacts for the child started with DeJesus’ ex-husband but didn’t end with the child being picked up before school day’s end. That’s when DeJesus arrived.
According to the arrest affidavit, in front of school staff and other parents, DeJesus stormed into the main office. She grabbed the school secretary by the head and punched her repeatedly in the back of the head and face before biting the secretary’s left thigh. When deputies showed up to put DeJesus in handcuffs, the affidavit said, she bit the cop’s arm.
DeJesus posted a $3,000 bond and is scheduled to be back in court Oct. 4.