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Florida caregiver arrested years after disabled woman gave birth

Posted: 4:58 PM, Feb 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-07 16:58:13-05
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ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (AP) — A caregiver at a Florida facility for people with disabilities has been accused of impregnating a resident who gave birth in 2015.

Authorities say 58-year-old Willie Shorter was arrested Wednesday on charges of lewd and lascivious battery on a disabled person.

An arrest affidavit says Shorter helped care for adult clients at a facility in Rockledge.

Staff members in 2015 discovered the female client was pregnant. Police say in the affidavit that the woman has the mental capacity of a small child. The baby was born a few months later and adopted by the woman’s family.

Authorities say Shorter had previously denied having sexual contact with the woman and voluntarily submitted a DNA sample last year. Investigators say Shorter’s sample came back a match with the child, prompting Wednesday’s arrest. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney who could comment.