September 18, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, 863 534-6631 or
Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager
Woman Arrested For Manslaughter of Premature Newborn
County Sheriff's Office Homicide detectives arrested Brandy E. Lizalde,
DOB 7/6/77, of 4421 Lighthouse Ave. in Lake Wales, on September 18, 2002,
and charged her with Manslaughter after the death of her prematurely born
infant. An anonymous reportee called the Sheriff's Office early in
the morning on Wednesday, September 18th, and an investigation began.
Detectives learned the following information through their investigation:
- Brandy Lizalde was told she was pregnant
on August 9, 2002, while she was an inmate in the Polk County Jail.
- Brandy visited the Winter Haven Hospital
Emergency Room on September 12th, complaining of vaginal bleeding.
During her examination, Brandy heard the fetal heartbeat of her baby.
Doctors advised Brandy to seek prenatal care at the Regency Medical
Center, at which time she said she would not, and signed paperwork to
- On September 17th, the vaginal bleeding
continued, and Brandy delivered a male baby in a bathroom of a residence
at 104 4th Street East in Wahneta. The baby died shortly after
- Brandy, in an attempt to hide the body,
placed the body in a plastic bag and tried to burn it. When that
failed, Brandy placed the body in a cardboard box and hid it in a grove
in Southeast Winter Haven off of Eloise Loop Road, where it was later
found by detectives.
- The medical examiner conducted an autopsy
on the body and was able to determine that the baby did live after he
was born but died a short time later. Cause of death is pending
Brandy has been booked into the Polk County
Jail, where she has been charged with
Manslaughter and is being held on $15,000 bond.