floridaduh

The Bizarre World of Florida

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.”

 

Boy waits for hours in Mercedes while mom drinks at bar August 5, 2014

sfl-flduh-mercedes-hours-mom-bar-20140804-001A St. Petersburg woman is facing DUI and child neglect charges after she allegedly crashed her car after spending four hours drinking in a bar.

Police were called out to the Tryst Gastro Lounge around 3 a.m., where they found a crowd of people pointing to a woman inside a 2010 silver Mercedes. Witnesses told police the woman had struck two parked cars as she was backing out and was now attempting to leave the area.

Officers approached the car, where they found 36-year-old Krastina Yankova Gesheva behind the wheel, and her 8-year-old son in the back seat. Neither were injured and when officers asked for Gesheva to exit the car, they claim she was clearly under the influence.

Witnesses told police Gesheva had been inside the lounge drinking for approximately four hours, and that her son had been left alone inside the car during that time. Occasionally the boy would exit the car and go inside the bar, looking for his mother.

Gesheva was charged with DUI and Child Neglect. Police say her blood alcohol content was 0.177%, well over the legal limit of 0.08%.

Officers are arranging for a guardian to take custody of the child.

 

No Child Left Behind apparently didn’t register with this mom July 29, 2014

A woman caught stealing at a DeLand Walmart handed the stolen items to employees who stopped her and walked out leaving her two small children behind, police said.

sfl-flduh-walmart-shoplifter-20140728-001Rebecca Stoltz, 26, of Lake Helen, was arrested and charged with child abuse, neglect of a child and first-degree petty theft, according to an arrest report. She was being held Monday at the Volusia County Branch Jail on $3,500 bail.

Stoltz was seen with two small girls — a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old — at 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the women’s department where she picked up some items she hid in a plastic bag. She then tried to get out through the garden department, police said.

Stoltz refused to go with the loss prevention officers who stopped her, handed over the stolen items — $44 worth — and left in a silver Nissan car without the children, police said.

Walmart employees then found the two small girls, who were crying, police said. The children said they came to the store with their mother.

Police went to the address listed on Stoltz’s driver’s license only to discover she no longer lived there.

A woman approached officers at the store and asked if the two small girls had been found. She said Stoltz had called her and said the children were at Walmart and needed to be picked up. The woman would not give her name but gave police Stoltz’s number, the report states.

Police called Stoltz to come back to the store but Stoltz said she didn’t have transportation, investigators said.

Stoltz later showed up and was arrested at the store. The children were taken by a family member, the report indicates.

 

Girl, 4, and her toddler brother found wandering alone near a busy road…and the parents ‘can’t see what the fuss is about’ July 26, 2014

A woman discovered two children near a daycare center’s dumpster on Tuesday – and their father was nowhere to be found.

article-2706043-1FFB5F8B00000578-80_634x692Veena Iyer told Boca Raton officers she saw the boy, 1, and girl, 4, walking around Tuesday afternoon before she contacted authorities, according to an affidavit obtained by MailOnline.

‘It should be noted this area is next to a public roadway,’ the affidavit said.

Iyer told police the children took her to their family’s home – but their parents were not there.

‘They were in their pajamas, no shoes, nothing, seemed very tired and hungry,’ Iyer told WPBF. ‘I said, “Who is watching you?” and [the girl] said, “Nobody.” I asked her, ‘Where is your dad?’ She said, “I don’t know. He took my mom to work.”‘

Father Stanley Fitzpatrick, 41,  was eventually found by Boca Raton police officers and told them he took his wife to a bus stop before he stopped to talk with a friend, according to the affidavit.

The children’s mother told a WPBF crew of the situation ‘It’s not really that serious. ‘The cameraman [is] supposed to come out if the child drowns, if the child was severe hurt. They were not hurt. They did not drown.’

The affidavit revealed the family’s home was in ‘substandard conditions.’

‘[Officers] observed moldy food in the refrigerator, the dishwasher left open with dishes and knives in it, and there were no locks on the cabinets,’ it said.

Officers also reportedly only found 4 diapers in the home and discovered the children slept on a mattress together on the floor.

It also alleged that the 1-year-old boy ‘had such bad diaper rash that he was flinching when officers changed his diaper.’

Fitzpatrick was arrested on two counts of child neglect, police said.

 

Another ‘mother of the year’ left her young kids in car alone to shop at sex store June 24, 2014

sfl-flduh-kids-alone-sex-store-20140623-001A woman was arrested Saturday after, deputies say, she left her two young children in her car while she went shopping at the Todd Adult Superstore.

About 9:30 p.m., a passerby saw the children and waited by the car for 20 minutes before calling deputies, a Pasco sheriff’s report states.

Deputies arrived and found the children, ages 1 and 3, in the car. The doors were locked and the engine was left running. Inside the store, at 10831 U.S. 19, they found Ke’ala O Kea Kua Morgan Crocker, 22, who said she was helping a friend shop.

Crocker told deputies she made a “stupid mistake,” the report states.

Neither of the children were harmed and they were later turned over to Child Protective Investigators.

Crocker, of 10368 Lansfield St. in Spring Hill, was charged with child neglect and leaving a child unattended in a car. She has since been released on $1,100 bail.

 

Kayla Oxenham Accused Of Branding Her Children For Identification Purposes June 18, 2014

A Port Charlotte woman is charged with child abuse, after police say she intentionally burned her two young children with a hot stick so she would know they were hers.

Kayla-OxenhamKayla R. Oxenham, 23, has bonded out of jail.

According to a police report, the children are 5-years-old and 7-years-old. They told authorities that Oxenham told them she “forgot how much she loved fire.”

The children told police that Oxenham proceeded to use a lighter to burn a stick and injured the children’s arms by touching the hot stick to them. Then, Oxenham told the kids she burned them for two reasons: the first is so the kids could have ice cream, and the second was to identify the children as being hers.

Medical exams for the children showed at least one of them had injuries indicative of the burning.

Oxenham is also accused of grabbing her child by the hair and hitting the child. She declined to talk to police about the alleged burns.

Oxenham’s occupation listed on the Charlotte County Jail Web site is medical assistant.

 

Mother arrested on Federal kidnapping charges after she absconded with her 2 year-old daughter to avoid sending her to preschool and having her vaccinated June 14, 2014

fl-anti-vaccination-kidnap-20140613-002A Sunrise woman who disappeared with her 2-year-old daughter last month to avoid having the child vaccinated now faces a federal criminal charge, according to court records.

Megan Elizabeth Everett, 22, was last seen on May 6, when Robert Baumann dropped off their daughter, Lilly, in compliance with a shared custody agreement. Lilly was supposed to be returned to Baumann a week later, but Everett never showed up.

According to court records, Everett left a note for Baumann vaguely explaining her actions.

“You are a great dad,” she wrote, with the word “great” underlined. “If I let them take her and vaccinate her and brainwash her, I wouldn’t be doing what’s right. I cannot let a judge tell me how my daughter should be raised. We will miss you. But I had to leave.”

The child was the subject of a custody battle that appeared to be resolved in April, when Broward Circuit Judge Steven Feren granted each side 50 percent custody. Lilly was to alternate between each parent’s home, with the exchange taking place every Tuesday, said Baumann’s lawyer, Donna Goldman.

Broward Circuit Judge Michele Towbin Singer signed a warrant on May 19 to arrest Everett on charges of kidnapping, interference with custody and concealing a minor contrary to a court order. The federal charge accused Everett of crossing state lines to avoid prosecution for the state charges.

Baumann, an air-conditioning repairman, and Everett, a bookkeeper, were never married.

Everett’s mother, Pam Everett, said Friday that the child belongs with her father.

“In the state of mind my daughter is in, Lilly would be better off with Robert,” Pam Everett said. “I have four kids, and Megan is my baby. I don’t know what happened to her.”

Lilly and Megan Everett lived with Pam Everett for the first eight months of the baby’s life, until Megan became involved with a man named Carlos Lesters. After that, she all but severed ties with her family, her mother said.

Court documents describe Lesters as a Confederate-flag-waving gun enthusiast with family members in Georgia and Kentucky.

Lesters, who could not be reached for comment despite phone calls to his last known phone number, has not been accused of any crime.

“One of the issues we had was, she wanted to home-school my daughter,” said Baumann. “I didn’t want that to happen. She didn’t want Lilly to learn about black history. She just wanted her to learn about the Confederacy.”

Baumann had planned to have his daughter receive vaccinations the next time he had custody, and also planned to enroll her in preschool.

“She found this new idea that vaccines are horrible,” Baumann said. “I think she wanted to keep her from being vaccinated because that would keep her out of day care.”

After Lilly’s disappearance, Sunrise police went to her last known address, where they were greeted by Lesters.

He told them Everett and her daughter were gone and “not coming back,” according to the federal criminal complaint.

“Lesters informed detectives that Everett … knew she would have to live her life as a fugitive,” the complaint states. “However, in her mind, the time that she spent with her daughter ‘free’ of Baumann would be ‘worth it,’ regardless of how brief the time was.”

 

The Florida Responsibility Paradox: If a mother forgets her child at daycare, and the daycare forgets the child is there and locks up for the night, who’s to blame?

Filed under: Amazing,Bad Mother,Bad Teacher,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Scary,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:31 pm

 Orange County deputies say a mother found her child alone and locked inside of a day care facility Saturday morning.

According to the deputies, the mother went to pick her child up from the Kids R Kids Learning Center in Waterford Lakes after a parents’ night out event.

The service allows parents to take a night off while the day care looks after the children into the later hours of the evening.

Deputies say the mother overslept, and when she arrived at the day care to get her child around 1:30 a.m., the facility was closed.

The woman called the Sheriff’s Office and, with help from Orange County Fire Rescue, they were able to gain access to the building where they found the 4-year-old boy asleep with no adults present.

Investigators are now trying to determine what happened.

Detectives said the owner of the facility is cooperating with the investigation, but he was not working during the time the child was there.

The boy is now safe at home with his mother.

So far, no charges have been filed, but officials with the day care released a statement that it was a result of miscommunication between two staff members during the clearing and closing process of the center.

Thye said in light of the mishap, the teachers are fault were fired.

 

Because Florida isn’t weird enough, man declares himself a sovereign state June 5, 2014

crime-law-jpgA judge has ordered a Central Florida man to enroll his 8-year-old daughter in school.

The man is claiming he is a sovereign state and not bound by U.S. laws.

Joseph Rosa, 37, refused to answer questions during his trial Monday.

Social workers said that the girl stopped attending school last year. During visits to the house, Rosa and his wife never showed proof that their daughter was attending a private school or being home-schooled.

The circuit court judge said Rosa cannot deprive his daughter of an education. He faces up to 180 days in jail if she is late or has any more unexcused absences.

Rosa was in jail on a $1,000 bond for reportedly giving officials a false name.

 

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 21,749 other followers