News Cast 9/22

News Cast for September 22nd:

How a baby got hospitalized 

Sheriff Deputies suspect an Okeechobee man beat up a baby. 

The baby received severe injuries like a skull fracture and brain bleed and is now hospitalized. 

The injuries came to light at Raulerson Hospital on September 15. 

Irashell Rosado faces charges of child neglect and child abuse. 

Authorities said he was the only adult in the home when the baby was injured. 

The child’s siblings said they heard slapping and Rosado yelling at the child. 

Hospital officials said the child suffered blunt force trauma. 

In the arrest affidavit, Rosado said the baby fell out of bed.  He said he did not intentionally injure the child. 

Bond was set at $75,000. 

Do more for affordable housing 

An affordable housing project would like support from Okeechobee County. 

Towns of Okeechobee recently opened its first phase of 48 units. 

It has 100 percent occupancy. 

Don Patterson said they’d like to build more units.  He said the project fit a huge need for affordable housing in Okeechobee. 

“We believe there is an opportunity to bring more housing.” 

Okeechobee County Commissioners did authorize a letter of support for additional units and funding from the state. 

Okeechobee police honored longtime patrolman Chad Troutman. 

He has served 15 years. 

The last five have been working with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force. 

Troutman was asked why he chose law enforcement as his career. 

“Since I was a kid I wanted to be a cop and help people.  Okeechobee helped me meet my goal and allowed me to do that.” 

He admits working narcotics is a hard job as the drug problem continues to be one of the biggest problems in Okeechobee.