The Bizarre World of Florida

Father of the year left his baby in the car while he went shopping November 30, 2013

A father was arrested on Thanksgiving after police say he left his infant son in the car while he went into Best Buy in Waterford Lakes, Fla.

n-HAIDER-largeHaider Hassan Khudhair Darwash, 34, was charged with felony child neglect, according to WESH. Off-duty Florida Highway Patrol Edy Rivera saw the 2-month-old child asleep in a car seat at around 5:30 p.m., then went into Best Buy to find the car’s owner, according to WPTV.

No one came forward, so after about 10 minutes Rivera smashed the window of the locked vehicle to get the child out. Shortly thereafter, Darwash identified himself as the boy’s father, but said he thought his son was with his wife.

The child suffered no injuries. Darwash was taken to jail, but bonded out Friday, according to WFTV.


Father of the year candidate cheers on his son in a “consensual fight”, then when his son is losing jumps in and attacks the other kid November 27, 2013

Police said a 51-year-old man was caught on video beating a 14-year-old boy and throwing him to the ground.

Carl Thomas Nicks was arrested Saturday for the assault, which happened the day before, according to Satellite Beach police.


The video showed two teenage boys, one of whom is Nicks’ son, engaged in what a police called a “consensual fight.”

As onlookers cheer on the teens, Nicks’ son ends up on the bottom, when police said Nicks jumped in to help, grabbing the other boy by the back of his shirt. Police said Nicks threw the unnamed teen to the ground, then picked him up and punched him twice, all as the bystanders start jeering him for getting involved.

Nicks was charged with child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a child. He was released from the Brevard County Jail on a $6,000 bond.


Family squats in home with the rotting body of its dead handicapped owner inside November 2, 2013

bildeHalloween had a horrific start for Holly Hill police when they forced their way into a house and found a decomposing body in a locked bedroom along with a family of five — including three children — squatting in the residence of the dead woman.

The woman, whom identified as 33-year-old Tiffany Kain, had been dead almost a month, Holly Hill Police Chief Mark Barker said, and the family living with her in a house that could only be described as deplorable, had kept mum about it.

1Barker said Todd La Duke and Nicole Scalise — the parents of the three youngsters — both admitted to spending Kain’s Social Security money and using her food stamps. The couple had also found a way to siphon electricity and water from the house on Center Avenue even though both utilities had been cut off.

Kain had spina bifida and used an electric scooter to get around, Barker said. She was visited monthly by a social services agency contracted out by the Department of Children & Families. Agency officials called police after they could not contact Kain earlier this week. Her body was found by police Thursday on the floor of her bedroom, the scooter nearby, a report shows. The last time the agency had spoken with Kain was on Sept. 11, Barker said.

Aside from the decaying corpse, police also had to wade through a living room floor “covered in dog feces,” Barker said.  There were also mounds of garbage scattered throughout the residence and bath salts in a prescription pill bottle.

“It was like a house of horrors for Halloween,” Barker said Friday. “It was awful. You could smell the body from 150 feet away.”

The three children — ages 4, 6 and 11 — have been removed from their parents and placed in foster care, Barker said.


Dad turns in exotic dancer who was sleeping with teenage son. Gee, THANKS, dad October 17, 2013

Filed under: Bad Father,Bizzarre,Sex,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 7:25 pm

untitledA one-time dancer at Baby Dolls Lounge, an exotic dance club in Clearwater, pleaded guilty today to charges she had sex with a boy younger than 16, and was sentenced to more than seven years in prison.

Lauralee M. Beckham, 28, of 5130 17th Ave. S., Gulfport, was arrested last year on a charge of lewd and lascivious battery on a child younger than 16. The boy’s father alerted authorities to the consensual sex he said his son was having with her for about two weeks, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said at the time.

At the time, the sheriff’s office said she was unemployed. But on her Facebook page she listed her occupation as a dancer at Baby Dolls.

Today, Beckham was sentenced as a sexual offender and as a habitual offender. She was sentenced to 86.4 months in prison, with credit for 85 days served at the Pinellas County Jail.

In July 2010, Beckham served 14 months in state prison for forgery and possession of controlled substances, according to the Department of Corrections website. She was released in May 2011.


Couple Accused Of Pouring Boiling Water On 6-Year-Old Girl August 12, 2013


A six-year-old girl is recovering from severe burns after her mother and boyfriend admit to pouring boiling hot water on the girl, as a form of punishment.

The mother worked at a daycare.
Investigators said the incident happened at a St. Cloud home earlier this week.
The mother, Yadzia Ivelisse Morales, would not answer any questions as she was escorted to jail, but her boyfriend, Roberto Junior Lopez, did answer some questions.
“I do feel bad about it,” said Lopez.
Police said Morales microwaved a bowl of water until it was boiling. Then she and her boyfriend both confess to pouring that boiling hot water over the mother’s six-year-old daughter to punish her.
“My understanding is that the child was crying and misbehaving, and just wouldn’t stop crying, so this was their way of correcting that behavior,” said St. Cloud Police Sergeant Denise Roberts.
Investigators said it was Roberto Lopez’s mother who noticed the burns while babysitting and notified police.
Despite his confession, Lopez denies actually pouring the water over the girl.
“I was not inside the bathroom. That’s all I’m gonna say,” said Lopez.
Investigators said the girl was burned on her neck, face and back. The six-year-old is continuing to recover at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando with second and third degree burns over 30 percent of her body.
According to police, Morales works at The Shepherd’s Little Family Child Care Center in St Cloud. We reached out to the daycare for a comment and we are waiting to hear back.
Police said this is not the first time the couple has punished the girl in this manner. They said just a week ago, they made the girl stand in a shower under extremely hot water.
“It’s extremely horrific, it’s hard for our officers to deal with, it’s hard for the community to hear. Unfortunately they do happen,” said Sgt. Roberts.
The couple faces several child abuse charges and they are locked up in the Osceola County jail without bond.
The Department of Children and Families is also investigating this case. The child has been placed into protective custody DCF is looking into other family members as possible custodians after the child is released from the hospital.


Man hid boy’s bruises with fake tattoos August 7, 2013

sfl-flduh-fake-tattoos-20130806-001A 25-year-old DeLand man has been arrested on child abuse charges after police say he covered bruises on a child with fake tattoos.

Kelsey Turner has been charged with aggravated child abuse after covering bruises on the 5-year-old child’s midsection with the tattoos. The child’s injuries were noticed by a teacher at his school and sparked a police investigation.

The child also had some mild internal bleeding, police said.

Turner was booked into jail on Friday after an investigation that began in April. He was also charged with dealing in stolen property, burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and dealing in stolen property.


Couple allegedly brought along their son, 6, as they burglarized cars July 30, 2013

Deputies say an Orlando couple has been breaking into employee vehicles at Central Florida businesses, stealing the workers’ personal belongings, and then going on shopping sprees with stolen credit cards.


Paul Sherman and Nafeesa Robinson were arrested Sunday after an undercover operation in Osceola County led deputies to catching the suspects in action, the Sheriff’s Office said

The operation was in response to recent car burglaries in Osceola, Orange and Lake counties. Deputies say the suspects targeted restaurant parking lots.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said detectives obtained information that Sherman and Robinson were possible suspects in the burglary spree.

On Sunday, detectives watched as Sherman and Robinson broke into a vehicle at the Target on Rolling Oaks Boulevard, the Sheriff’s Office said. Their 6-year-old son was with them, deputies said.

Robinson and Sherman, who deputies said had $650 in fake bills, were arrested. The Department of Children and Families was called and the boy was placed into care of a family member.

When detectives searched their home on Huber Drive in Orlando, they found stolen property and more counterfeit money, the Sheriff’s Office said.


Dad fled cops, crashed car, with son, 6, in back seat July 29, 2013

Police say a Lake Worth dad landed a child neglect charge Wednesday when he bolted from a traffic stop that ended in a crash only blocks away, all as his son, 6, sat in the back seat.

sfl-flduh-chase-crashed-20130728-001Alexander Handel Webster, 29, drove a silver Chevrolet vehicle along Corrigan Court to Lakewood Road at about 8:30 p.m. when an officer said Webster didn’t completely stop at the intersection, according to a Palm Springs Public Safety Department arrest report.

The officer flipped on his lights and said Webster stopped briefly before getting on Lake Worth Road, then took off and crashed into shrubs two blocks away on Edwards Avenue.

But the less than half-mile chase wasn’t over.

Police said Webster popped his door open and was about to run. But he hit the ground when the officer whipped out a gun, according to the report.

After yelling at Webster twice to keep his hands up, the officer learned of the child passenger, still sitting in the back seat.

When asked about why he took off, Webster said he thought his license was suspended. But it was still valid, according to the report.

A check of Florida Department of Law Enforcement records found at least nine previous arrests for Webster with charges including disorderly intoxication and drug possession.

He was last charged with fleeing police after a June 2008 arrest where he also faced charges of marijuana and cocaine possession, assault on an officer, hit and run and resisting arrest.

Webster’s Florida driving record shows at least 15 previous citations.

He faces charges of fleeing from an officer and child neglect and was booked into Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday where he remains in lieu of $12,000 bail.


Man accused of sitting on baby’s head to stop him from crying July 24, 2013

A man unhappy that his 10-month old son would not go to sleep, placed the child face down on a couch and sat on the baby’s head, DeLand police investigators said Monday.

sfl-flduh-babys-head-20130723-001Jonathan Savas, 24, who was staying at the home of Irene Hossain at the Sha-De-Land mobile home park in DeLand, was charged with child abuse, an arrest report shows. Savas is being held at the Volusia County branch jail on $50,000 bail.

According to police, Savas, who is currently homeless, showed up at Hossain’s West Carroll Avenue home late Thursday, with the baby that did not have any clothes on.

The baby would not go to sleep so Savas placed the child on the couch about 12:30 a.m. Friday and sat on the child’s head and was holding him down, police said.

Hossain intervened and told Savas to stop. Savas replied “it’s my baby I can do whatever I want,” while the child screamed throughout the incident, the arrest report states. But he stopped and the child was unhurt.

Hossain said she did not call police immediately because she was afraid of what Savas might do to her. When police later found Savas he told officers he disciplined the baby but would not go into detail, DeLand police said.

Savas later admitted that because the baby would not go to sleep, he put the child face down on the couch and placed his leg on top of the baby to hold him down in attempt to make the child go to sleep, police said.

Savas said the child began to struggle and cry hysterically because he did not want to go to sleep, the report shows.

A hypodermic  needle, baggies and a pill container were found in Savas’ backpack, police said.


Former Gator and NFLer left toddler in car; went to strip club July 16, 2013


Monty Ray Grow (Arrested) DOB: 09/04/1971

Address: 17040 Gulf Boulevard, Unit 400,
Redington Beach
Arrested for Child Abuse

Victim is a three year old female who is know to the suspect. Per Florida Statute, no further information will be released that would tend to identify the victim.

What: A Redington Beach man was arrested for child abuse after he left a three-year-old girl in the car unattended while he went into a strip club.

When: The crime occurred at about 9:38 p.m. on July 14, 2013.

Where: The crime occurred at the parking lot located at 16211 US Highway 19 North, (Drive Time Lot) in Clearwater.

Why/How: When deputies arrived on scene, the child’s grandparents were already present and had removed the child from the vehicle. According to deputies, the suspect 41-year-old Monty R. Grow had driven the car into to the Drive Time parking lot and left the child unattended in the vehicle while he went into Diamond Dolls strip club.

Deputies say that as they were investigating the incident, Grow ran up to the car. He admitted to leaving the child unattended.  The child was uninjured.

Grow was arrested for child abuse.

The investigation continues.



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