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A 31-year-old woman was charged on Wednesday for a July incident in which she allegedly asked Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies to arrest her mailbox while high on Xanax, a probable cause affidavit says.
Sheila Lederer
Sheila Lederer, of Wellington, was arrested on two counts of child neglect. She was released from jail early Thursday after posting $6,000 bond, records show.

According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office probable cause affidavit, deputies went to Lederer’s house to conduct a welfare check on July 8. Before they arrived, Lederer called 911 saying there was someone hiding in her bushes.
When the deputy arrived at her house, Lederer was screaming at a tree and said, “Get out of here,” the affidavit says. She told the deputy she was talking to the tree and the deputy told her, “the tree was unable to talk and that the tree was not a person.”

Lederer then told the deputy to arrest her mailbox and tried to climb a bush while yelling that someone was sitting in the bushes spying on her. She then told the deputy she had taken the prescription drug, Xanax, according to the affidavit.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews came to evaluate her, and took her to Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee where she was Baker Acted, the affidavit says.

Before Lederer was transported, she told the deputy no one else was in her house. But the deputy noticed some children’s toys inside. He found a 15-year-old and a 1-year-old lying in bed. One of the kids said that Lederer had been calling her the wrong name the whole week, and knew she had a drug problem.

The deputy smelled urine and saw feces, old food, ants, and roaches in the house, the affidavit says.

The state Department of Children and Families came to Lederer’s house and removed the two kids, whose names were withheld in the report.