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A daughter’s grief: Harrouff homicides still scar my family memories

UPDATE: Charges dropped for Boynton woman accused of ODing with infant in home


May 29 UPDATE: The State Attorney’s Office decided May 18 not to file charges against Olivia Devore, court records show. 

The office said authorities did not have sufficient evidence to prove she neglected the baby. 

ORIGINAL POST: A crying 9-month-old baby was strapped in a swing Tuesday morning while a 23-year-old overdosed on heroin in the bathroom, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records state. 

Authorities arrested Olivia Devore on two counts of child neglect. Court records indicate that as of Wednesday afternoon, Devore remained hospitalized. Once she is released, she will make her first appearance before a judge on those charges. 

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A man called 911 shortly before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday after finding Devore unresponsive on the master bathroom floor. The address of that home is redacted from sheriff’s records, so it is unclear exactly where Devore was found. Records indicate, however, that she lives west of Boynton Beach.

The man told authorities he and Devore got into a fight that morning because she wanted to “get high,” but he was two years clean. He told Devore he was “disappointed” in her and stepped outside for about 30 minutes to calm down. 

When he returned Devore was passed out on the floor. Her face was pale and her lips were blue, he said. 

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews revived Devore with several doses of Narcan. She told authorities she took heroin. A deputy noticed syringes, a clear baggie, a metal spoon and cigarette butts in the toilet. 

Deputies determined Devore “failed to provide ... the children with the care, supervision and services necessary to maintain the children’s physical and mental health.”

Devore’s redacted arrest report does not specifically mention another child, so it is unclear whether the 9-month-old was the only child in the home. 



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