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Mom hid baby in car’s trunk to avoid ticket for not having car seat September 25, 2014

Custody of a 5-month-old boy found in the trunk of a car near Lauderhill may be given to the baby’s father or great-grandmother pending the outcome of a home study, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families.

sfl-flduh-hid-baby-trunk-ticket-20140924-001Broward juvenile dependency Judge Hope Tieman-Bristol made the ruling Wednesday morning. The baby’s mother, Breona Synclair Watkins, 19, attended the hearing in handcuffs.

Watkins was arrested early Tuesday and charged with child abuse, resisting an officer and five traffic-related offenses, including driving without a license and failure to have a child restraint, jail records show.

She is accused of having a 14-year-old boy put the baby in the trunk through an opening in the back seat of the 2005 Dodge Stratus that Watkins was driving. She later told deputies that she did it to avoid getting a ticket for failing to have a child safety seat in the car, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Her grandmother, Laura Richardson, also attended the hearing and told reporters outside the courtroom Wednesday that the episode was a big mistake.

“She got frightened and she did what any child would do because she’s still a child,” Richardson said. “She’s a good mother but she’s still young and she just made a mistake. We all have made mistakes, I’m sure.”

About 1 a.m. Tuesday, a deputy followed Watkins after noticing a headlight was out. The deputy stopped her after about a quarter-mile near the 3100 block of West Sunrise Boulevard, according to the arrest report.

About 15 minutes into the traffic stop, a second deputy heard the baby crying in the trunk, the report stated.

Deputies found the baby lying among plastic bags, garden shears and a large, rusted tire iron. Also surrounding the baby were a used gas can and other hazardous materials. The temperature inside the trunk was significantly warmer than the air outside, deputies said.

The child has been in state foster care since then and was said to be doing well. A guardian ad litem has been appointed to represent the baby’s legal interests while relatives are interviewed for placement, DCF spokeswoman Paige Patterson-Hughes said.

“The court wants that home study completed and if that’s positive then it has to be presented to the guardian ad litem,” she said. “The next step is to have the child moved from foster care to relative care.”

The process typically takes several days.

“They try to get these done pretty quickly,” she said. “There will be supervised visitations permitted.”

The next dependency hearing was scheduled for Oct. 20.

Watkins remained in the Broward Main Jail on Wednesday on a $7,000 bond, jail records showed.

 

A man named Able sure did raise a lot of Cain during a traffic stop

A 34-year-old Crestview man is accused of threatening to kill a deputy’s family after being arrested for allegedly driving without a valid license.

sfl-flduh-threatened-deputys-family-officers-s-001Larry Joe Able was pulled over on Sept. 12 by Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies for a broken headlight, according to the arrest report. When the deputy asked him for his license, registration and insurance, Able said he didn’t have his license with him.

When the deputy asked if he had a driver’s license, Able replied, “No,” the report said. A check found that Able had three previous convictions for driving while his license was suspended, as well as a current suspension.

Able was arrested, and on the way to jail, because spitting through the cage, according to the report. He “intentionally spit through the cage,” hitting the deputy in the side of the neck twice.

He also began threatening the deputy, telling him, “When I get out of jail, I am going to kill you and your kids,” the report said. He also threatened to make the deputy “pay.”

Able is charged with driving with a suspended license, battery on a law enforcement officer or firefighter and corruption by threat against a public servant.

 

Victor Nash, 18, Accused Of Choking Out His Teacher Before Raping Her September 24, 2014

An 18-year-old student from South Dade Senior High School was arrested Friday after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman two hours after dismissal, school district officials said.

Victor-NashVictor Nash faces charges of attempted felony murder, sexual battery and strong-armed robbery.

Miami-Dade schools police said the woman was not a student, but it happened at the school.

Students told Local 10 News reporter Jen Herrera that the victim was a teacher, but police have not confirmed that at this time.

According to the arrest report, Nash grabbed the woman inside a room on campus and body slammed her to the ground. While the victim struggled with Nash, he allegedly choked her until she passed out.

The report states Nash pulled the woman’s pants and underwear down and had sex with her while she was still unconscious. He then put the used condom in the victim’s purse.

Police said Nash stole the woman’s car keys and was found by police five hours later while driving the victim’s car along Southwest 312th Street and U.S. Highway 1 in Homestead.

The woman gained consciousness after Nash left the scene and notified police.

Detectives said Nash provided a full confession that was recorded.

 

Hot-blooded: Woman smeared red paint on herself, called 911 September 23, 2014

A Flagler County woman is accused of threatening her boyfriend with a knife and then putting fake blood on herself to get him arrested, according to investigators.

sfl-flduh-assaulted-fake-blood-20140922-001Deputies said Emily Johne, 24, held a knife to the victim’s cheek and threatened to stab him in his sleep at the home on Brunswick Lane in Palm Coast Thursday.

Johne called 911 and said the victim was drunk and had beaten her, but when deputies arrived they determined the victim had not been drinking or hurt Johne.

Deputies said Johne had smeared red paint on her ear and chest and told them it was blood. She was not injured.

Investigators said Johne became violent after her boyfriend confronted her about naked pictures she had sent to another man and said she was “incapable of love.”

 

Man hurled chair at granny during feud over dirty shoes September 22, 2014

A Deltona man who didn’t like his grandmother telling him to take off his shoes hit the woman with a kitchen chair, Volusia County deputies said.

sfl-flduh-chair-granny-dirty-shoes-20140919-001And when investigating deputies asked Justin Penner’s father, Mark Penner, what happened during the incident Thursday about 2:20 p.m., the dad said, “All he did was hit her with the chair,” deputies wrote in their report. The victim is Mark Penner’s mother.

Penner, 29, was charged with aggravated battery on a person 65 year of age or older. Penner is being held with no bail allowed in the Volusia County Branch Jail, records show.

Jean Penner, 77, flagged down deputies while in a parking lot on Saxon Boulevard and reported she had been battered in her Normandy Boulevard home, sheriff’s reports state.

Jean Penner said she lives in constant fear of her grandson who lives with her, investigators said.

The elderly woman reported she told Justin Penner not to walk in the residence with his shoes on because he was tracking in dirt. Justin Penner got upset and threw a kitchen chair at her, striking her in the left leg, deputies said.

After hurting his grandmother, Justin Penner left the home with his father but was arrested when he returned home, deputies said.

 

Woman threatened stepson after drinking his booze — for 9 hours September 19, 2014

Filed under: Abuse,Alcohol,Bad Mother,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dispute,Drunk,Dumb,Florida Nut,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:36 pm

A Flagler County woman is accused of drinking for nine hours and threatening her stepson with his pellet gun when he tried to prevent her from polishing off his liquor.

sfl-flduh-stepson-booze-9-hours-20140918-001Laurie Ann Marlow, 55, was arrested at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after deputies were called to her home on County Road 3006 in western Flagler County to investigate a disturbance, a sheriff’s report states.

A deputy reported Marlow appeared to be under the influence, the report states. She said she had been arguing with her 21-year-old stepson, Taylor Marlow, and that he and his brother, William, 25, left the house with two rifles, including one that they had fought over.

“He advised that Laurie had found liquor that he had hidden in his room and that she had consumed a large amount of it,” the report states.

The brothers then “heard a loud banging noise coming from within the house” so Taylor Marlow ran to the backyard and entered through a rear entrance that leads directly to his bedroom, according to the report.

“As Taylor opened the door he observed that Laurie had broken down the locked door and was grabbing his pellet gun,” the deputy reported. “Laurie proceeded to turn around and point the gun into Taylor’s face.”

He told the deputy the barrel of the gun was about a foot away from his face and he believed she would shoot him, the report states.

Taylor Marlow’s brother, William Marlow told the deputy he did not see what happened from outside the home but heard his brother say, “Are you kidding me right now? Are you seriously pulling a gun on me?”

William Marlow said he then heard the two wrestling over the gun.

Taylor Marlow got the gun away from his stepmother and his brother took it from him and hid it in the car, the report states.

Taylor Marlow told the deputy it’s not the first time a situation like this has occurred.

“He advised that Laurie had pulled a real firearm on their father, and she hits their father on a regular basis,” the deputy reported.

Laurie Marlow was booked into the Flagler County Detention Facility where she remained Thursday on $2,000 bail.

 

Desmond Brownlee Accused Of Choking Wife During Argument Over Fried Chicken September 18, 2014

A 45-year-old man from Volusia County was arrested Monday after he choked his wife during an argument over friend chicken leftovers, deputies said.

Desmond-BrownleeDesmond Leon Brownlee, of Deltona, was arrested and charged with domestic battery by strangulation and tampering with a witness.

It started when deputies arrived to a home on Fayetteville Avenue around 3 a.m. Monday. A deputy reported to hear a female voice screaming from inside the residence, stating: “Please, 911, please.”

The deputy also reported to hear a male voice coming from inside the same window, stating: “Shhh, what do you want, us both to go to jail?”

The deputy then met Shey Alamo and Brownlee at the front door of the residence.

Alamo stated that she got into a verbal argument with Brownlee over not having enough fried chicken leftovers and the care of her mother.

Alamo stated the argument escalated, and Brownlee started to push her toward their bedroom. Alamo said Brownlee then “shoved” her onto the bed, according to the report.

Alamo also told deputies that Brownlee struck her in the face multiple times and choked her.

Alamo was able to break free from Brownlee to call 911, the report states.

The couple has been married four years, deputies said. Their child was sleeping in her bedroom on the opposite side of the house during the incident, the report states.

 

 
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