ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
The Orange County Medical Examiner has determined that the death of a 3-year-old Orlando girl is the result of a homicide. Detectives continue to seek the cooperation from the child's mother, Maryann Schwartz, who was in custody court on Tuesday.
Schwartz, 22, repeatedly declined to answer reporter's questions as she walked around the Orange County Juvenile Justice Center. She was appointed a lawyer to help with custody hearings regarding her 2-year-old son. The boy was removed from her home after the woman's daughter, Yeliani Schwartz-Ojeda, was pronounced dead on Friday night.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers said Schwartz called 911 Friday after 9:30 p.m. and said her daughter was hurt in a hit-and-run incident in their apartment complex parking lot at the Grandview Point Apartments. Troopers said Schwartz's story wasn't adding up, and the Medical Examiner has said that injuries to the child are not consistent with those resulting from being struck by a vehicle.
In a custody hearing on Sunday, a Child Protection Investigator said medical staff voiced concerns about the time of death given the temperature of the little girl's body. The investigator also said the little girl seemed to be malnourished and both of Schwartz's children had bruises all over their bodies.
"There were bruises on the children that concerned us and led us to believe there is possible physical abuse that occurred," said Department of Children and Families spokeswoman Kristi Gray.
Two Orange County homicide detectives watched closely. They told FOX 35 that they were there as part of the investigation into the death of child.