I wrote to the OPD and requested public records concerning "the bite". I have attached their documentation below. To further get a greater understanding of the incident, I called the reporting officer Raul Marrero and asked if he could recall what happened that day. I also wondered why the other witness, Kevin Massero who was driving the van did not give a statement.
I called Nancy and Bill Eubank and we spoke of what Melinda had told them of the incident. After considering all the narratives, this is my interpretation of what happened. The actual document is below for you to make your own interpretation.
Prior to the "Bite" incident, Melinda had already encountered two episodes where Carla wanted to take Trenton from her: when Melinda was 4 months pregnant with Trenton and hiding in the bushes at the Strawberry Festival and then when Melinda was 8 months pregnant with Trenton and Josh made allegations that Melinda was going to commit suicide and sent the police to search for her.
October 31, 2004 Trenton was 2 1/2 months old. Melinda was a new mother. Josh was participating in the motorcross race in Okeechobee and Carla had Trenton with her in the van. Kevin Massero was driving and Carla was in the passenger seat. Trenton was in his infant carseat behind Carla. It was a Dodge caravan and the sliding door is on t he passenger side. Melinda pulled up in her own car next to the van. Melinda got out of her car and opened the side door to take Trenton out of the van.
An argument ensued between Melinda and Carla. It was stated that Melinda was upset because Carla had taken Trenton to Ft Meade (where Carla's mother and father live) and gave Trenton a bath. Then it stated that Melinda slapped Carla, pulled her hair and bit her forearm. Carla stated Melinda had Trenton in her arms. In Melinda's statement to the police she said that Carla was very possessive of Trenton.
It wasn't about the bath. The policeman Marreo said to me that Melinda just "lost it". In discussing this with the grandparents, I can totally see how this happened. Carla would have had to try to pull Trenton out of Melinda's arms otherwise, how could Melinda have bit her right forearm? How could Melinda have gotten that close to her?
Melinda knew - even back then - that Carla was trying to get her baby away from her.