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Orlando-area father arrested on 350 counts of sexual abuse.
Susan Jacobson Sentinel Staff Writer March 3, 2008
 The Seminole teens, who suffered for years, escaped and sought help, deputies say. Two children suffered years of abuse at the hands of their father, investigators said Sunday as they described a litany of horrors including sexual assault and stun-gun shocks on the daughter, as well as beatings with PVC pipe, belts and a paddle on both victims.The ordeal, in which the brother and sister also reported being threatened with guns and forced to drink alcohol, ended during the weekend when they escaped from their home and contacted the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.
The father, 37, was arrested on 350 counts of sexual battery by a custodian of a victim younger than 12. He also was charged with 10 counts of aggravated battery using a deadly weapon, three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, child cruelty and child neglect. He is being held without bail at the Seminole County Jail.
The children's mother, 36, was arrested on a charge of child neglect and released from jail. Investigators say she let her husband abuse the children and twice allowed him to put guns to their heads and threaten to kill them." The children lived in constant fear and . . . [their mother] failed to protect them," a sheriff's report states. Reached at home, the mother would not comment on the charges. It's still under investigation," she said. "There's nothing to say until the investigation is done."
 Her daughter, 13, the girl's 14-year-old brother and another brother, 17, are in the custody of their aunt and uncle in Orange County, the aunt said. The Orlando Sentinel is not naming the family to protect the children's identities.
The charges outlined in the report involve only the younger children. The older brother has been living with his aunt and uncle. The younger children were held virtual prisoners at home and were home-schooled, their aunt said. They now want to attend public school to be around other kids, she said. The girl, who was out of school for about a year, formerly was active in chorus and track and enjoyed learning.
On Friday, the 13- and 14-year-olds saw their opportunity for escape when their father was working out. They sneaked out the back door and contacted the Sheriff's Office. The girl told deputies that her father had sexually abused her more than 350 times starting when she was 7 and ending Thursday. The findings of a sexual-assault examination "were consistent" with the girl's allegations, according to the sheriff's report. She also said her father tied her to a bed, put socks over her hands and feet and in her mouth and shocked her with a Taser.
The child's aunt said the father insisted she wear oversized clothing to avoid revealing her body. The woman also alleged that he denied the children medical care. Both younger children told investigators that they were beaten with a wooden paddle called, "The Be Good Paddle" as well as with belts and a pipe. At least a year ago, the state Department of Children and Families got involved with the family and provided a caseworker for the older son, his aunt said. Details were not available late Sunday. The aunt said she and her husband thought the father was controlling, but they had no idea the extent of what investigators say went on. The children have scars, she said, but are safe for now. Mentally, it's another story. "The kids have been through so much," the woman said.
 Susan Jacobson can be reached at or 386-851-7903.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla —  Three weeks after they were found strangled in their home, the wife and 7-year-old son of professional wrestler Chris Benoit were being buried Saturday.

Benoit killed his wife, Nancy, and son, Daniel, in their home in the Atlanta area, placed Bibles next to their bodies and then hung himself on the cable of a weight machine, authorities said.

Nancy Benoit's parents, Paul and Maureen Toffoloni, live in Daytona Beach.

Anabolic steroids were found in the Benoits' home, leading officials to wonder if the drugs played a role in the killings. Results of toxicology tests on the three have not been released.

Benoit, born in Montreal, was a World Wrestling Entertainment star with a wholesome family man image. Despite that appearance, however, Nancy Benoit filed for a divorce in 2003 alleging "cruel treatment." She dropped the complaint, as well as a request for a restraining order in which she alleged Benoit threatened her and broke furniture.     End


Mom Who Pressure-Washed Kid Charged With Child Abuse

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POSTED: 3:41 pm EST March 7, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The mother who was videotaped while spraying her 2 1/2-year-old daughter with a high-pressure water hose at an Orlando car wash on Feb. 24 has been arrested and charged with child abuse.

Nikki Ramirez, who is pregnant, told authorities she did it because the child was throwing a tantrum, and that she did not have the hose on full blast.
She was picked up from her home by Orange County detectives, and taken to the Orange County Sheriff's Office for questioning. From there she will be taken to the Orange County Jail.

The surveillance video from a car wash near Rouse Road and the East-West Expressway showed the toddler trying to hide her face as her mother sprayed her in the face and down her legs.

"After looking at her statement, statements of the car wash manager and looking at the video evidence, we feel that we have a child abuse case here, so we made an arrest," Sgt. John Allen of the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. "We're talking about a felony crime. We want to be sure. We returned to the car wash today, did some further examination of the pressure washer."

Detectives said the second woman in the video is considered a witness and have not filed charges against her.

Many people said this form of punishment was abusive, but some people said it was tough discipline -- a parent's prerogative.

The girl was examined Thursday and a nurse found no bumps or bruises.

"Just because we don't remove the child doesn't mean we're turning our backs on this family. I assure each person who saw the video and was alarmed that we will not turn our back on this child," Carrie Hoeppner of DCF said.

DCF said it can work with the family and offer other counseling services rather than permanently separating the child from the mother.

"Removing a child is an extremely tragic experience for the child. We do that only when there's no other option. We do all we can to help the child, and not all cases require removal," Hoeppner said.

DCF said it is likely the child's grandmother will have temporary custody of the toddler as the state monitors the situation.

Ramirez will be allowed supervised visits with her daughter.  End

The names of these local children who died at the hands of caregiver abuse or neglect over the last 10 years were read aloud at Thursday night’s public vigil.

• Keymone Leggett, age 2
• Andrian Zurita, 2
• B.J. Olivarez, 3
• Gretchen Grodin, 1
• Vernon Jackson, 2
• Lexus Bohannon, 6 months
• Barbara Clark, 2
• Sierra Jordan, 15 months
• Rebekah Saint Ulysse, 2
• James Wallace, 6
• Jabriana Christmas, 2
• David Crump, 11 months
• James Cotter III, 4
• Daniel McCray, 23 months
• Jacob Smith, 2 weeks
• June Jolene Bloomberg, 3 weeks
• Michael Anderson, 21 months
• Leah Brown, 2
• Jorge Santos Diaz III, 2
• Gregory Fleming, 3
• Amanda Martinez, 20 months
• Hannah Burns, 7
• Matthew Eubanks, 5 months
• Shane Poling Jr., 2
• Alexis De La Cruz, 6 months
• Devin Ciccarone, 7
• Devon Matthew Clark, 2
• Camren McDowell, 5
• Exavier McKay, 9 months
• Lavontae Williams, 20 months
• Philip Blasone, 2
• Ella Grace Dixon, 19 months
• Lauran Dixon, 5
• Justin Mark Krejci, 14
• Abigail Boran, 2
• Anthony Dume, 2
• Cheyenne Eairhart, 4
• Solycia Divine Clark, 2 months
• Michelle Fontanez, 13
• John Hickman III, 3 months
• Samoria King, 1 month
• Zahid Jones Jr., 3



A Vigil was held in memory of these children.

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Monday, November 05, 2007 11:56:43 PM  
Chris Summerfield

A Brevard County father faces child abuse charges after his young daughter almost died in the bathtub.

Chris Summerfield, 21, was arrested Monday.

Investigators said over the weekend, he left his 6-month-old alone in the tub to talk on the telephone.

The young girl slipped, went under and nearly drowned.

A roommate found the child and was able to revive her.

To make matters worse, police said Summerfield should never have been in the house at all, because he had a no contact order with his wife, who was also home.

The family has numerous child neglect and abuse investigations ongoing with the Department of Children and Families


Father Accused Of Breaking At Least 12 Bones In Infant's Body  

A 2-month-old boy is clinging to life as his father sits behind bars, accused of breaking at least a dozen bones in his infant son's body. 

The child is in Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. His father, Nathaniel Bozarth, 24, is under arrest and charged with aggravated child abuse.

Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff's Office told News 13 that multiple agencies had been investigating abuse claims for several days after an anonymous caller tipped them off that the boy was not in good shape.

"He was documented with 12 different fractures in different stages of healing to include multiple rib fracture and skull fracture," said Sgt. John Allen from the child abuse squad.

Officials said Borzarth confessed to injuring his son numerous times, but said he appeared to be remorseful.

Officials said the mother was apparently not at home when most of these incidents occurred



Father's rights activists 

quote from father's rights activist in response to Florida father who burned self and 2 kids to death when he lost custody.
the reactions of men's rights advocates Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D. and the activists at the Manumit Exchange to the Tony Camacho case. Camacho, a Florida father of two, was embroiled in a custody dispute when he set his house on fire and killed himself and his two children, ages 10 and 8.

The reaction? One of the activists at the Manumit Exchange wrote:

"This tragedy may not have happened if a presumption of shared parenting (physical joint custody and residency) were law and the father knew that his children were not going to be kidnapped from him by his ex-wife and the State."

Similarly, Finley penned the brief letter Shared parenting may save lives for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, in which he argues that if Camacho had been granted shared parenting, the whole thing would never have happened, thus the family law system is at least partly to blame.

Darlanne Toussaint Burns Girlfriend’s Son with Hot Oil and Hair Dryer, Mom Charged with Abuse, too

darlanne-toussaint.jpgIn Apopka, Florida, Darlanne Toussaint, 24, poured hot cooking oil on his girlfriend’s 17-month-old on, Kenneth. Then he shook the boy hard for 10 minutes, hit him, and used a hair dryer to burn the child’s skin off - all because the toddler wouldn’t stop crying and whining. Toussaint is charged with felony attempted murder. 

Kenneth’s mom, Marlita S. Stokes, 23, was also arrested on charges of child neglect and providing false information to police. Police found text messages on her cell phone that suggested she and Toussaint worked together on inventing a cover up story.

Toussaint sent text messages to Stokes saying that he was a bad parent and that Kenneth had a bad rash and might have scratched himself. Then he sent more messages including one that read, “I burned him.”

Good lord.

Stokes told police that she and Toussaint left their sleeping children (her toddler and his three-year-old daughter) at home unattended while Toussaint took her to work at her job at McDonalds. Then Toussaint drove two other women to work.

Leaving a two kids under four home alone for over an hour? Are you kidding me? Even before the

Kenneth suffered second-degree burns on his genitals, chest, head and back. His spine was also fractured when Toussaint hit him. The boy is listed in stable condition


Father arrested on charges of arson, abuse

The girl was treated for her burns and released.

In reality, Stewartson said, investigators found that Stewart had set the fire himself in the hope of gaining an advantage in a custody dispute.

He was being held without bail early today at the Seminole County Jail.

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