Fort Myers, Florida (News-Press) -- The Lee County Sheriff's Office has arrested three people in the horrific death of a three-year-old boy in Fort Myers.
say the boy, identified as Michael Lee McMullen, was routinely
disciplined by a method referred to as a "wrap," where he would be
wrapped inside a blanket with the ends tied down to prevent him from
moving and escaping.
On Saturday evening, the child was
found unresponsive after being wrapped inside the blanket from more than
an hour. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Trainor, Gale Watkins and Douglas Garrigus have been charged with
aggravated manslaughter of a child. Trainor was additionally charged
with aggravated abuse of a child.
Deputies and emergency personal were called to the 13700 block of River Forest Drive at 6:38 p.m. Saturday.
An initial investigation revealed that McMullen, who had behavioral issues was put down for a mid-afternoon nap.
Trainor, 45, went to wake McMullen, she found him sweating profusely
and was unable to revive him. Trainor and the child's grandmother,
Watkins, performed CPR until emergency responders arrived.
On Tuesday, deputies conducted follow-up interviews with Trainor, Watkins and 21-year-old Douglas Garrigus.
say Trainor had developed the discipline method of the "wrap," which
she did on Saturday as she had done in the past.
laid McMullen in the crib, face down, he screamed and pleaded to be
released. Deputies says she assured him he would if he calmed down.
after, Watkins, 56, walked in entered the room and felt the knot on the
blanket was too tight. She told Trainor to loosen the knot but didn't
stay to make sure it had been done and went to take a nap.
child continued to struggle as noted by Garrigus who entered about an
hour later and urged the boy to calm down. At one point, Garrigus could
hear the boy crying and hyperventilating.
the knot had loosened, so she re-tightened it and placed pillows around
the sides of the crib and on the child's legs.
stopped crying and screaming, she assumed he had calmed down and would
rest. He was later found sweating and unconscious.
The boy's death was ruled a homicide Tuesday and all three caregivers have been booked into the Lee County Jail.