Police found that the infant’s mother, Fortin, met Berlus through Facebook. They had only met each other face-to-face two times before the Walmart trip and they usually meet when Fortin needs a ride somewhere. The two only knew each other by their online names: Fortin went by “Ketia” and Berlus by “Jonas.”
This was the first time Berlus met the woman’s infant, the affidavit says.
Berlus said he dropped Fortin off at the store around 1:55 p.m. and told her he had to be at work around 4 p.m. Fortin told him that she’d be quick, according to police. However, Berlus ended up arriving to work about an hour late as Fortin took longer than she said.
Fortin showed up about 20 minutes after the police arrived at the store.
According to police, Fortin left her baby with Berlus with no food, diapers or water.
The negligent mother was arrested and charged with child neglect on Friday. She was released on $3,000 the next day.
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