Crime

Mother Emily Hartman charged with manslaughter in death of 14-month-old

A 26-year-old Palm Bay mother was arrested overnight Tuesday in connection with the death of her 14-month-old infant earlier this month, Melbourne police said.

Emily Hartman was charged with manslaughter, possession with intent to sell cocaine and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, after an investigation by Melbourne police.

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Melbourne police issued a warrant for Hartman’s arrest earlier this week. 

Hartman, now in custody, will go before a judge at the Brevard County Jail Wednesday for a bond hearing.

Detectives were called to investigate the case after Hartman turned up at a Melbourne fire station April 6.

Hartman, who brought her unresponsive baby to the station, told paramedics the child was suffering from unidentified medical problems.

Paramedics determined the child was suffering a ‘heat-related illness’ and rushed the baby to Holmes Regional Medical Center for further treatment.

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The baby was later airlifted to Advent Health for Children in Orlando, where doctors pronounced him dead. 

The case is the 11th reported homicide to take place in Brevard County this year.

Contact Gallop at 321-242-3642, jdgallop@floridatoday.com and Twitter @JDGallop

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