10 children out of hospital after ‘domestic disturbance’ at a Broward home, deputies say
At least 10 children were taken to the hospital and a woman was detained Thursday following a “domestic disturbance” call at a Broward home, authorities say.
Shortly before 7 a.m., Broward sheriff’s deputies were alerted to the disturbance at the North Lauderdale house, which according to news reports is in the 1500 block of Southwest 66th Avenue. A woman from the home was taken into custody for questioning and North Lauderdale Fire Rescue paramedics took the children to a hospital in the afternoon to be checked out “as a precaution,” the agency said.
Police didn’t reveal what caused the disturbance, the identity of the detained woman nor the name of the hospital where the children were taken.
Meanwhile, North Lauderdale City Manager Mike Sargis told the Miami Herald via email that 11 children from several months old to teenagers were taken to two hospitals — one to Broward Health Coral Springs and the rest to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood.
“They were all suffering different signs of neglect,” Sargis told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “They were in stable condition Thursday afternoon.”
As of Friday, the children were all released from the hospital, deputies said.
North Lauderdale Mayor Samson Borgelin said in a statement he was saddened to hear the news and prayed for the speedy recovery of the children.
“We have complete confidence in the sheriff’s office to investigate this matter,” he said.
BSO’s Special Victims Unit is investigating.
The Florida Department of Children and Family Services said in an emailed statement that it “is working closely with law enforcement on this investigation,” but added information regarding the case “is confidential.”