Police Arrest Mother for Child Abuse 5-11-19

Michael L. Haworth, Chief of Police
Pinellas Park Police Department
7700 59th Street N Pinellas Park, Florida 33781 

Contact: Sergeant Michael Lynch Public Information Officer
c- 727-214-7822 mlynch@pinellas-park.com 

Title: Police Arrest Mother for Child Abuse and Additional Charges Case Number: 2019-37087 

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019 

Where: 5900 block of 72nd Avenue North Pinellas Park, FL 

Arrested: Natalee N. Sesler W/F 8/22/93 of New Port Richey, FL 

Victim: The victim is a ten month old male. Per Florida Statute 119.071(2)(h)1, no further information will be released that would tend to identify the victim. (Biological child of Sesler). 

Charges: One count of Child Abuse, one count of child neglect, aggravated assault, resisting an officer without violence and violation of probation. 

What: On May 11, 2019 at approximately 6:00p.m. Officers from the Pinellas Park Police Department responded to the 5900 block of 72nd Avenue in reference to a child abuse investigation. Investigators spoke with two juvenile witnesses who live nearby who told them that they witnessed Natalee Sesler abusing a 10 month old baby. During the investigation it was determined that Sesler was over visiting an unknown male subject at a residence in the area and ended up outside with her child where she was witnessed abusing him. Investigators determined that Sesler was frustrated and cursing at the ten month old because the baby was unable to stand. The witnesses reported first seeing Sesler throw the baby against a wooden fence in a nearby yard. Sesler was then seen throwing a metal rake head at the baby which did not strike the baby although it was her intent to strike the child with the rack head. Sesler then picked up the hysterically crying baby by the leg and threw him on to a nearby beach type lawn chair, where she again tried to prop the baby up. During this time the baby was observed only wearing a shirt and had no diaper or pants on. Sesler too was not wearing any pants only a shirt at the time of contact with her. The baby was observed to have a small bruise and swelling near one of his eyes. The baby also appeared to be malnourished and somewhat lethargic. The baby was taken into protective custody and transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. The baby will remain at the hospital for observation and further testing, before being turned over to other local family members by the Department of Children and Families. Sesler was charged with the charges listed above and booked into the Pinellas County Jail. It appears that narcotics played a role in Sesler behavior today leading up to her arrest. No current booking photo of Sesler was available at the time of this Media Alert. 

Released by Sgt. Mike Lynch, PIO