Statement from the Palm Bay City Police Department

11 month old baby left in car – Arrest made

PALM BAY, FLORIDA - On May 28th, 2023, at approximately 1 pm, Palm Bay Police officers with Palm Bay Fire Rescue responded to a call for an unresponsive 11-month-old infant in a vehicle at 6165 Babcock St. (Mount of Olives Evangelical Church). When they arrived, they learned the infant had been left in the vehicle by their mother, Bulaine Molme (DOB 10/3/85), for approximately three hours while she and her family attended services. The infant was transported to Palm Bay Community Hospital where she was later pronounced deceased.

The initial investigation revealed that the mother arrived late to a church service she was officiating and believed the victim was brought inside by a member of the church. Approximately three hours later, after service concluded, the mother noticed her child was not inside or with any church member and immediately responded to her vehicle where her child was found still in the car seat and unresponsive. 9-1-1 was called and CPR was started until officers and rescue personnel arrived on scene.

At the completion of the investigation and working with the State Attorney’s Office, the mother was placed under arrest on June 1, 2023, and is being charged with one count of Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child.

Palm Bay Police Department Case # - 23-005143

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“Any time there’s a loss of a child, it’s just a very tragic event no matter if it’s by natural means or by accident or by some other means,” he said.