The drug known as "bath salts" may be to blame for yet another disturbing attack in Miami. No face-eating this time, but police say a man believed to be high on the drug stripped off his clothes at a playground last week and made sexual advances at a 3-year-old girl.
Miami police say surveillance footage shows 40-year-old Shane Shuyler stripping down in the "tot lot" and coming toward the girl, WFOR-TV reported. The girl's mother said she and her daughter had been entering the playground when she saw him lying naked on a park bench with his genitals exposed.
According to the police report, the mother said she tried to walk past the man but he stood up and approached the them, reportedly saying, “Come here little girl, I want to stick it in you.”
According to WTVJ-TV, the woman and her daughter ran home, but she saw the man later going by on a bicycle. A neighbor recognized him and alerted police, who arrested and booked him on three counts of lewd or lascivious exhibition on a child and one count of lewd and lascivious conduct on a child.
A detective during Shuyler's court appearance Friday said his behavior could be explained by bath salts, which can produce crazed, psychotic behavior and also raise the body's core temperature, prompting the user to remove all of their clothing in an attempt to cool off.
"In his wallet was what appears to be bath salts,” the detective, according to WFOR. “Upon talking to him, he made some statements to me which led me to believe that he was cooling off in the fountain by the tot lot because he was hot; which is consistent with ingesting bath salts.”
According to WFOR, the judge in the case ordered Shuyler to undergo a psychiatric evaluation at an area hospital. The hospital told the station they do not currently have a patient by that name, suggesting Shuyler is, at least for the time being, back in the community.