The Bizarre World of Florida

Just because you think your kid is acting like a little shit doesn’t mean you get to use a plunger on him February 24, 2014

A Brooksville man was arrested Thursday after a Florida Department of Children and Families investigation revealed he allegedly struck a child on the thigh with the wooden handle of a plunger.

untitledWalter Charles Allen Jr., 33, of Moon Road, was charged with one count of cruelty toward a child without great bodily harm.

An arrest report shows Allen admitted to striking the child because he was upset with the child, lost his temper and did not mean to hit the child that hard with the handle.

The arrest report contained redacted information because of the child’s age and did not specify Allen’s relationship to the child.

He was held at the Hernando County Jail on $500 bond, jail records show.

Jail records also show Allen has been arrested several times in Hernando County in the past for probation violation and a traffic offense.


Dad nabbed for his 5th DUI — this time, with 3 kids in car January 31, 2014

sfl-flduh-dad-dui-kids-20140129-001A 38-year-old father was arrested on his fifth DUI charge while driving with three kids in the car, police said.

Brian Whittemore’s field sobriety test was caught on camera.

Lake Mary police said 38-year-old Whittemore was spotted outside a liquor store with a child hanging out of the car. Three children were in the car at the time, but only one of the children was Whittemore’s.

“It was my wife’s birthday. Bringing the kids home. I’m just trying to get home, that’s it. I got three kids in the car, screaming and yelling. It is what it is,” Whittemore said.

Sources tell WESH 2 Whittemore was previously arrested for DUI in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2012. He’s also been accused of driving with a suspended license and two counts of assault.

Investigators said he put lives in danger with this latest run-in with the law.

“You’re talking about small children. You’re going to drive around with small kids in the car. They aren’t strapped in. They are not seat-belted in,” said Zachary Hudson, Lake Mary Police Department spokesman. “If you get in an accident, those kids are going to go out the windows. That would be tragic. That’s unacceptable.”


Baby ejected from car hit by train after dad drove around arm bar January 28, 2014

Filed under: Bad Father,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,Florida Nut,Sad Story,Scary,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:09 pm


An Orlando father has been charged after his infant son was ejected from a car that collided with an Amtrak train in the Taft area of Orange County and, thankfully, landed on a patch of soft dirt, the Florida Highway Patrol said Monday.

The crash happened just before noon Monday after witnesses told FHP the father drove around the railroad crossing arm bar at Fourth Street and South Orange Avenue, south of State Road 528, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

According to FHP Sgt. Kim Montes, the baby’s father, 41-year-old Herode Lubin of Orlando, was driving toward the train tracks as the railroad crossing arm bar came down and the lights were flashing to signal that a train was coming.

Troopers said Lubin drove around the arm bar and onto the tracks, and the train hit the car at 79 mph.

Lubin’s 5-month-old son was ejected from the car, but troopers said the infant landed in an area of soft dirt and suffered only minor injuries. He was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando.

The baby’s mother, 39-year-old Louisena Necy, was also in the car. She was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. Troopers said she was not wearing a seat belt.

Lubin, who was not injured, was ticketed for going around a railroad crossing arm bar, and for a child restraint violation.

The train, driven by 63-year-old Preston Jackson, of Jacksonville, was carrying 157 passengers. No one on the train was injured.


Man On Meth Gets Cop Makeover After Dragging Son Into Woods For Exorcism January 25, 2014

Mugshot-Bryan-AdamsA man in Okeechobee County faces numerous charges after he took his son into the woods last week to punish him, believing the 11-year-old boy was possessed by a demon, investigators said.

According to an Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office report, Bryan Adams told the boy, “You are the demon and you know what I must do with you.”

Investigators said the boy was wearing only pajama pants and a T-shirt.

When deputies tried to arrest Adams, he resisted and fought with them, running deeper into the woods and hiding in the brush, the report stated.

During the struggle, deputies attempted to subdue Adams with a Taser gun and used a K-9 to help apprehend him, the report added.

One of the deputies stated in the report that Adams “showed violent behavior, no compliance or showing of pain and abnormal strength.”

Investigators said his estranged wife told them she had to leave him because of his serious drug abuse and addiction to crystal methamphetamine.

According to the report, Adams showed up at her workplace earlier in the day and demanded the keys to her car, saying he wanted to take possession of the children. She said he was making statements that he was seeing demons.

Adams later admitted in the hospital that he took meth just before deputies arrived, the report stated.

The boy suffered a minor injury to his heel but was otherwise OK.

Adams faces charges that include child abuse, resisting arrest and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.


Early Father of the year candidate throws 2-year-old son off a second-floor hotel balcony, then jumps himself January 15, 2014

imagesAuthorities say a father threw his 2-year-old son off a second-floor, hotel balcony in central Florida before jumping himself.

Kissimmee police responded to the Budget Inn around 2 a.m. Tuesday. A Department of Children and Families news release says Juan Pablo Maradiaga will face an attempted murder charge.

DCF says the toddler suffered multiple injuries including several fractures, but is expected to recover.

The department says the 41-year-old Maradiaga was also hospitalized, but his condition was not known.

DCF is in the early stages of its investigation and has not made any changes in the child’s custody. The agency said in a statement that the child will remain safely in the hospital while they complete their assessment.

The agency has not had any prior contact with the child.


Boy gets SCUBA gear for Christmas. Father takes him diving in a 300-foot deep underwater cave system … guess what happens December 27, 2013

Filed under: Bad Father,Bad Luck,Death,Disgusting,Dumb,Sad Story,WTF? — floridaduh @ 4:13 pm

131226122429_spivey-sanchezA father and son who went diving on Christmas Day with new equipment the boy got for a present have been found dead in an underwater cave at a north Florida wildlife refuge.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that Holly King called authorities after her fiancé, Darrin Spivey, and his 15-year-old son Dillon Sanchez didn’t return home after a planned dive in the 300-foot deep Eagle Nest Sink cave about an hour and a half north of Tampa.

A sign near the entrance to the cave reads: “Cave diving in this area is extremely dangerous — even life threatening!! Do not dive unless you are a certified cave diver!!”

According to the sheriff’s office, the 35-year-old Spivey was a certified diver; however, he was not a certified cave diver. They say Sanchez was not a certified diver


Ralph Garlick Jr., 53, told deputies he found the baby girl but he was the one trying to get rid of her December 16, 2013

A man who said he discovered a newborn abandoned at a DeBary convenience store was arrested after detectives he was the one trying to find a place to leave the infant.

imagesRalph Garlick Jr., 53, told Volusia County deputy sheriffs he had found the baby girl crying and wrapped in newspaper about 2 a.m. near the front door of the DeBary food mart off U.S. Highway 17-92.

The mother of the child has been located and identified as Garlick’s girlfriend, said Gary Davidson, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Garlick gave law enforcement a false name when he said he found the baby, who still had her umbilical cord attached but appeared to have been tied off with a shoe string.

He said he didn’t know the child. Garlick used his dead brother’s name to identify himself.

But hours earlier, it was his girlfriend who had given birth to the child at an Orange City apartment complex.

Garlick, who is not the baby’s father, told investigators the mother didn’t want to keep the child.

Florida is one of about 34 states, that protects parents from any criminal prosecution if infants younger than 7 days old are relinquished at a designated “safe haven” like a hospital or fire station without harm or abuse.

Typically, they can do so anonymously and by doing so, terminate their parental rights, state law says.

Garlick said he had taken steps to find someone to take the baby but Davidson said they are not sure how far his efforts to locate a safe place went.

The DeBary volunteer fire station is located a little more than a half-mile from the food mart where Garlick left the child. A sheriff’s office sub-station is across the street from the fire station.

A newspaper delivery man called 911 after being flagged down by Garlick. The infant was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando in good condition.

Garlick was charged with knowingly giving false information to law enforcement during an investigation and resisting an officer without violence, both misdemeanors.

He is being taken to the Volusia County Jail on $5,000 bond, Davidson said.

Investigators are interviewing the baby’s mother at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford.

Once the infant is medically-cleared, the Florida Department of Children and Families will take custody of her.

DCF spokeswoman Carrie Hoeppner Proudfit said infants surrendered under the Safe Haven law go to approved adoptive parents through private adoption agencies.

It is unclear whether the infant’s mother will face any charges.


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.



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