Police: Witnesses rescue mother attempting to drown herself, toddler after crash in Lakeland

Posted at 10:24 AM, Feb 28, 2017

A Winter Haven woman has been charged with endangering a child after she reportedly tried to drown herself and a toddler in Lakeland on Monday morning. 

Laquisha Mosley, 21, and the 2-year-old boy were in a two-vehicle crash at approximately 6:13 a.m. on Memorial Blvd. West at the intersection of I-4. 

When officers arrived on scene, a witness began screaming that Mosley had taken off from the scene of the crash and ran into a nearby lake with the child. 

Rick Richards, a witness, was holding Mosley by her left arm while Mary Whitaker, a witness, was holding the child as Mosley was trying to keep her from taking the child out of the water. The officer asked Mosley to let the child go. The officer says the child was shaken, cold and crying as Mosley was holding him by his left arm. 



Once Mosley let the child go, he was taken to Lakeland Regional Health by Polk County Fire Rescue for evaluation.

The police officer attempted to get Mosley out of the water, but she resisted, pulled away, and attempted to get away from the officer. 

The officer activated his taser on Mosley. Lakeland Firefighters assisted and pulled Mosley up the hill where the police officer handcuffed her. 

Police say Mosley is the mother of the 2-year-old boy. 

Mosley has been charged with Negligent Child Abuse, Resisting an Officer and Leaving the Scene of a Crash. 


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