ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County homicide detectives have now joined the investigation into the mysterious death of a 3-year-old girl whose mother said was killed in a hit-and-run accident.
Florida Highway Patrol officials said the mother's story doesn’t add up, but investigators are being tight-lipped with information in the case.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 22-year-old Maryann Schwartz called 911 about 9:30 p.m. Friday and said her young girl, Jelawna Schwartz-Ojeda, had been hit by a car in the parking lot of the Grandview Pointe Apartments on Americana Boulevard.
Troopers said Schwartz was taking out her trash and was by the dumpster when the child was struck. She told investigators she did not see the impact.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office has joined the investigation, but they're keeping quiet about what detectives are finding out.
Jelawna suffered a deadly traumatic head injury and possible suffered from malnourishment, according to Channel 9's Kathi Belich.
Schwartz told Channel 9 she loved her daughter and would never harm her.
On Monday, the Sheriff's Office released a one-page report with everything but one sentence blacked out, saying Schwartz showed up at a nearby drugstore just before 10 p.m. Friday.
She faced a judge over the weekend and her 2-year-old son was placed in a foster home.
The Department of Children and Families told the judge both children showed signs of possible abuse.
Three children belonging to Schwartz's live-in partner, Vanella Morales, were placed with relatives after DCF told the judge they also showed signs of possible abuse.
So far, Schwartz has not been charged in her daughter's death. She has another custody hearing at 10 a.m. on Tuesday involving her surviving child.