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DUI suspect allowed son to ride in bed of pickup, troopers say September 30, 2014

A woman who Highway Patrol troopers said exhibited reckless driving that caused her 8-year-old son to be injured in the bed of the pickup she was driving was arrested.

sfl-flduh-dui-bed-pickup-20140926-001Troopers said 37-year-old Wendy Lynn Cauchi was charged Thursday with being impaired and refusing to take a breath test.

When Trooper James D. Whitmore arrived in the 7000 block of Southwest 80th Street, Ocala, a Marion County sheriff’s deputy told him that witnesses said Cauchi had been drinking all day.

The witnesses told troopers the boy was in the bed of a 2006 Toyota 4Runner and was injured because his mother was driving around the yard unsafely.

Troopers said the vehicle crashed into a fence. After impact, the boy was flung forward and his forehead struck the bottom floor of the truck bed. He was taken to Munroe Regional Medical Center for treatment. He is expected to recover from his injuries.

The Department of Children and Families was notified and agency representatives went to the hospital.

Whitmore said he went to Cauchi and detected a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. He described her speech as slurred and thick-tongued. Cauchi declined to talk to the trooper, telling him that she wanted her lawyer. Her lip was bruised from hitting the steering wheel. She was not wearing a seat belt, authorities said.

The trooper arrested Cauchi, who complained to officials, wondering how she could be taken into custody for driving on her own property. She told authorities she was just looking for her horse.

The trooper said Cauchi had troubled standing and walking to his cruiser.

Cauchi was charged with DUI, DUI with property damage, DUI with serious bodily injury to another and refusal to submit to a DUI test after her license was suspended or revoked.

She was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she refused to submit to a breath test. The trooper said it was Cauchi’s second DUI test refusal.

She again told the trooper that she wanted her attorney.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Drunk woman tried to pick up kid at school, hit 2 cars September 9, 2014

A New Port Richey woman who deputies say was drunk, wound up getting into trouble after trying to pick up a child from school.

sfl-flduh-elementary-school-drunk-20140908-001The staff at Trinity Elementary School say Renata Congleton, 27, was extremely intoxicated when she arrived at the school last Friday afternoon and tried to pick up the child.

Congleton hit two vehicles and left the school before Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, according to an arrest affidavit.

Deputies later found Congleton sitting by her front door. They say she swore at them when they asked her a question and continued to curse when they asked more questions.

Deputies say Congleton did admit she was involved in an accident. When a deputy went to handcuff her, she pulled away and kicked and scratched the deputy.

A test found Congleton’s blood alcohol level to be .413. In Florida, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.

Congleton was charged with neglect of a child, battery on a law enforcement officer, and resisting an officer with violence. Bond was set at $15,000.

 

Mom, if you want your kids to experience a scary ride, take them to Disney — don’t do this August 28, 2014

UntitledJennifer Mannino of Punta Gorda was stopped Tuesday night for suspected DUI.

When a Charlotte County deputy managed to pull her over near Tamiami Trail and Bayshore Road the deputy said she had already taken the pickup truck over the median and almost hit traffic as she made a right hand turn.

Mannino failed a field sobriety test and her blood alcohol registered three times the legal limit at .025.

Compounding her situation, her 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son were in the car at the time.  The daughter, according to the arrest record, was so concerned she called her father.

There was an open container of vodka inside the truck’s cab that the arresting deputy said contributed to the evidence she had been driving while she was driving the pickup.

This was Mannino’s second DUI charge in less than two years according to jail records.  In addition to the DUI, Mannino was charged with child neglect without great bodily harm.

The children were turned over to their guardian who showed up at the scene and took them away.

She remains in Charlotte County jail without bond.

 

This momma apparently found herself in the hot seat with cops — the same place she apparently left her baby August 19, 2014

Filed under: Abuse,Alcohol,Bad Mother,Child Abuse,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:39 pm

A 34-year-old Lake County woman was arrested this weekend after leaving her baby in a car while she shopped for liquor and cigarettes, police said.

sfl-flduh-mom-booze-run-20140818-001Shannon Mixer of Umatilla faces child abuse charges after a witness said she left her 1-year-old daughter in her car for nearly 20 minutes Sunday afternoon.

Police said the temperature outside exceeded 90 degrees about 2 p.m. Sunday. The witness said he was walking through the parking lot of a Publix shopping center off U.S. Highway 441 when he saw the child. The unlocked car was still running and the air conditioning was on, so he waited several minutes before calling police.

Mixer came back to the car just as police arrived. The little girl was sweating and the car was “uncomfortably warm,” with the temperature inside wavering being 91 and 93 degrees, the report said.

Mixer told investigators that she didn’t think leaving the child in the car was a problem because she left the car running. She admitted to leaving the child in the car at least six times in the past, including once earlier that same day.

“I left Burger King and I wanted to go get me some liquor,” the report said Mixer told police. “So I went to L J’s [Lounge and Package liquor store] and she was sleeping so I ran in. I was in there two to three minutes, ran back out to check on her, she was fine then I ran into Publix for some cigarettes. Inside I noticed there was Gatorade on sale and bought that.”

She said she was in the store about seven minutes Sunday. The little girl’s father took her home after Mixer’s arrest.

 

Played out? Bikini-clad mom found passed out; child left unattended August 18, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Bad Mother,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:25 pm

sfl-flduh-bikini-mom-passed-out-20140815-001A bikini-clad mother who was found passed out at her apartment complex while her 6-year-old daughter played unsupervised at a nearby playground was arrested on a child neglect charge Wednesday, a Maitland police report states.

According to the report, Maitland police responded to the Grand Reserve Apartments about 6:30 p.m., after a neighbor spotted the girl playing alone. The girl’s mother Karen Gunderlach, 33, was found on a second-floor breezeway.

Officers woke Gunderlach and reported the “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.” They said her speech was “slurred to the point where it was difficult to understand her.” When asked the date and time, she reportedly said it was 7 a.m. Thursday.

Gunderlach told police her daughter was with a baby sitter. A half-empty 12-pack of Miller Lite was found nearby, as were a beach towel and sandals. Gunderlach initially denied they were hers, but later said they might be, the report says.

Gunderlach was arrested on a charge of child neglect and booked into the Orange County Jail. The Florida Department of Children and Families was called in, and the 6-year-old’s uncle came to take custody of the girl, the police report says.

Reached by phone Friday, Gunderlach handed the call off to a man who said he was representing her. He said the child was “never not being supervised” by a baby sitter and “was never in any danger at all.”

 

 
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