Christle Prado and her roommate and landlord Keith Driscoll will not be prosecuted for dressing Prado’s son like a girl after he wet himself.
On Nov. 24, police in Winter Garden, Florida, were shown photos of the 10-year-old boy dressed as a girl and wearing makeup. Prado and Driscoll were investigated for child abuse in December.
WKMG reported Prado told police that Driscoll came up with the punishment after she told him her son often wet his pants and soiled himself, although he has a documented medical condition.
Prado said her son was only dressed in a girl’s costume for a couple of minutes, and she sent photos of him to her boyfriend in West Palm Beach, Florida via Facebook.
A neighbor alleged that Driscoll made the boy run around outside while people pointed and laughed at him because of the girl’s dress he was forced to wear.
"The initial arrest referred to Cruelty Toward Child Infliction of Physical or Mental Injury (Statute 827.03)," Angela Starke, public information officer for the Orange/Osceola County State Attorney's Office, said.
"The statute requires that the crime cause injury to intellectual or psychological capacity of a child as 'evidenced by discernible and substantial impairment in the ability of the child to function within the normal range.’"
The charges were dropped due to lack of substantial evidence, but the boy and his two siblings were placed in the custody of a family member.
The Florida Department of Children and Families said it has investigated previous incidents involving Prado, but would not elaborate.
"Any prior history with this agency would not be public record in this situation," said Kristi Gray, communications director at the Florida Department of Children and Families. "It only becomes public when there is a death attributed to abuse/neglect."
The case against Prado is closed.
"Statute mandates that DCF investigations be closed by the 60th date unless there are special circumstances to keep it open," Gray said. "I can’t disclose the findings of our case as they are not public record, but the children remain in protective custody with relatives.”