Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dad arrested for burlary, pot possession; also acccused of swinging daughter's head into wall (South Fort Myers, Florida)

Dad JARRET WELLS FORSYTH has been arrested on burglary and pot possession charges. But that's just a portion of his criminal talents. This guy is also "under investigation" for swinging his 10-month-old daughter's head into a wall because he was "enraged" over some text messages the little girl's mother had received. The little girl was left "visibly disoriented and acting strange" from the assault.


Deputies investigate 18-year-old father for child abuse, say he swung baby’s head into wall
By Naples Daily News staff report
Posted March 29, 2010 at 3:24 p.m.

An 18-year-old South Fort Myers man arrested on burglary and pot possession charges is under investigation for child abuse, accused of swinging his young daughter’s head into a wall.

Jarrett Wells Forsyth, who lists addresses in the 11000 block of Isle of Palms Drive, Fort Myers Beach and the 7200 block of Bucknell Drive, Fort Myers, remained Monday in Lee County Jail pending posting of $11,500 in bonds.

According to Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports:

At 1:22 p.m. Sunday, Forsyth became enraged because of text messages on the cell phone of Krista Caitlin Smith, 20. He grabbed their 10-month-old daughter and went to the front door in a rage. Timothy J. Smith, 50, Krista’s father, of the 16000 block of Wisteria Drive, stopped Forsyth, but during the argument Forsyth swung the baby, hitting her head on a wall. The baby “was visibly disoriented and acting strange.”

The grandfather got the baby and handed her to his daughter. Forsyth was ordered to leave the house and not come back. He refused and the two got into a pushing match. Timothy Smith got Forsyth outside, and hit him. Forsyth fled, but came back at 2:55 p.m. He climbed through a bedroom window. Peggy Smith, 60, Krista’s mother, found him. She left the house and went to a neighbor’s where she called her husband and deputies.

Timothy Smith was following his daughter to the hospital to have the baby treated. Paramedics who had gone to the house told her if she didn’t want the baby taken by ambulance to have her checked at the hospital.

Meantime, Timothy Smith said he saw Forsyth walking on McGregor Boulevard and his daughter stopped to speak with him. Forsyth saw Smith and told Krista Smith he was going “to beat the …. out of him.” He picked up a large branch and went toward the father. The deputy found the branch about three feet away from Forsyth.

Forsyth was handcuffed and put in a cruiser. The deputy later smelled marijuana, pulled Forsyth out and found what field-tested positive as marijuana on the floor board. Forsyth was arrested on the burglary and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana charge. As of Monday he had not been charged with the child abuse count.

The baby apparently was not seriously injured, said Tony Schall, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.