Delray Beach Police Charge But Do Not Jail Suspect
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Delray Beach woman allegedly spit on children sitting on a bench, then claimed she had COVID. She was later charged but not jailed by Delray Beach Police.
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According to a tipster and later confirmed by a police report reviewed by BocaNewsNow.com, Deanna Belle Atkins is charged with Simple Battery after she allegedly approached the children — accused them of not wearing their masks correctly — then pulled down her mask and spit. She then told the kids she had COVID.
From the police report: “I met with (redacted) who reported that an unknown white female had spit on him and his brother near the area of Worthing Park within the past few minutes. (The victim) stated that he and his brother had been sitting outside at the bench with their face masks partially off and an unknown white female walking her dog came up and yelled at them for not wearing their masks properly. The white female then removes her masks and advised that she had coronavirus and spit on the (children) and walked away.”
An independent witness — not seen by the woman — then called police and identified the suspect.
The police report continues: “I met with he suspect, Deanna Atkins… Atkins admitted to walking up to the (children) and talking to them about how to wear a mask properly. Atkins also admitted to spitting on both parties and stated it was to show them how the coronavirus spreads, not to intentially spit.”
Although police in Palm Beach County routinely jail suspects charged with simple battery, Delray Beach Police did not jail Atkins, 74. We are awaiting word from Delray Beach as to why the decision was made to charge but not jail the woman.
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