Child Abuse Arrest

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Crimes Against Children Unit

Naledi Roberts (Suspect – Arrested)
DOB: 07/12/2005
Charge: Felony Child Abuse

The victim is a 1-year-old female. Per Florida Statute 119.071(2)(h)1, no further details will be released that would tend to identify the victim.

PINELLAS COUNTY – Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit arrested 17-year-old Naledi Roberts on one count of Felony Child Abuse after she recorded herself on a video placing a lit marijuana cigarette in the mouth of the victim. Roberts was babysitting the victim, and the victim was left in Roberts’ care by the victim’s 16-year-old mother. Roberts and the victim’s mother are friends.

On Thursday, March 23, 2023, deputies responded to a private residence in unincorporated Largo for allegations of child abuse. Deputies made contact with Roberts, who initially admitted to smoking marijuana near the victim; however, denied placing the marijuana cigarette in the victim’s mouth.

Through various investigative techniques, detectives were able to obtain the video, which shows Roberts placing the marijuana cigarette in the victim’s mouth. The victim then inhales while the lit marijuana cigarette is in their mouth, and the embers begin to glow brighter. Roberts then takes the marijuana cigarette out of the mouth of the one-year-old victim and places it into her own mouth, and inhales, causing the embers to glow brighter.

On Friday, March 24, 2023, detectives interviewed Roberts, who admitted to watching the victim and placing the marijuana cigarette in the victim’s mouth. Roberts refused to provide an explanation as to why she put the marijuana cigarette in the victim’s mouth while she was babysitting the victim for her 16-year-old friend, who is the victim’s mother.

Roberts was arrested and charged with one count of Felony Child Abuse. Roberts was transported to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center without incident.

The investigation continues.

Booking photograph of Roberts:

Posted by David Brenn Saturday, March 25, 2023 11:59:00 AM Categories: Jail

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