Florida mom arrested after toddler beaten by boyfriend

ST. PETERSBURG — Police say a man is accused of beating a 2-year-old while the child's mother was out buying drugs.

The Tampa Bay Times reports 23-year-old Anthony Prestero was arrested Saturday after taking the unconscious child to the hospital.

Prestero told police the boy had fallen, but he was arrested after doctors said the injuries didn't match his story.

The boy's mother — 33-year-old Laura Fossett — told police she left the child with her live-in boyfriend while she bought drugs. The newspaper reports Fossett had recently signed a "safety plan" with the Department of Children and Families in which she promised to never leave the child alone with Prestero.

Fossett remains in Pinellas County Jail on a child neglect charge and a parole violation. Prestero was released from jail Sunday.

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