The Bizarre World of Florida

Florida mom took babies along for armed robbery December 16, 2013

No one says it was quality family time.

But a young woman from Marion County didn’t leave her kids behind when she joined two alleged accomplices in an armed robbery of someone she knew early Wednesday, deputies said.


Alaina Danielle Johnson, 20, of Ocala, had her two babies with her in a truck when she two others —Matthew Allison Thomas, 18, and a 17-year-old boy— pulled up to a home at about 12:30 a.m.

Thomas and the teen got out of the truck and robbed the victims while holding a gun on them – sometimes pointing the gun directly at the head of one of the victims, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

“The suspects took cash, marijuana and a paintball gun,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a report.

One of the victim’s recognized Johnson.

Detectives arrested the trio at about 4:30 p.m.

Johnson, Thomas and the teen are each facing a robbery with a firearm charge.

Johnson and Thomas are in the Marion County Jail with a bonds set at $50,000 each.

The teen is being held in the Marion County Juvenile Detention and has no bond. The Sentinel is not naming him because of his age.

The Sheriff’s Office said not release information about what happened to the babies. No other details were released.

“Detectives are still working this case,” the report said.


Today’s baby left in a car while mom shops at a liquor store is brought to you by Ocala, Florida December 12, 2013

untitledA 28-year-old Ocala mother left her crying infant in the car for more than 15 minutes while she was inside an ABC liquor store Wednesday night, sheriff’s deputies said.

Bethany Douglas was uncooperative with two off-duty deputies who heard the 4-month-old girl crying about 8:30 p.m. and waited in the parking lot until the mother came out of the store, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

The deputies said they waited 16 minutes, and it was not known how long they child was left unattended before they arrived.

When confronted by a deputy, Douglas said, “You can’t do anything, you’re off duty,” according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Douglas was arrested on a charge of child neglect. She was booked at the Marion County Jail with bail set at $2,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

Douglas told one of the deputies she left her daughter in the vehicle because she didn’t want to bring her into the liquor store and felt it was OK because the weather was comfortable, the news release said.

The baby was placed in the custody of the state Department of Children & Families.


Here’s Florida’s mother and son team who burglarized several cars and businesses

Filed under: Bad Mother,Bizzarre,Child Abuse,Controversy,Fraud,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:12 pm

sfl-flduh-cars-businesses-20131208-001A mother and her 15-year-old son were arrested Thursday after Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputies said the pair broke into 40 cars and businesses in various local businesses.

Neighbors told WESH 2′s Claire Metz that the Prilutskaya family is infamous for wreaking havoc on St. Augustine Road, where the family lives.

Roger Johnson, a neighbor, said he walked out on his porch and clapped as police led 52-year-old Lyudmila Prilutskaya and her son out of their home in handcuffs.

WESH 2 is not naming the son, but Prilutskaya is facing charges of burglary, grand theft, child neglect and contributing to delinquency.

Deputies said the pair burglarized dozens of vehicles in the Spruce Creek Fly-in community and surrounding cities.

The son would drive and burglarize while the mother gave her approval on various stolen goods.


Mom does ‘whippets,’ falls asleep with tot in car December 10, 2013

Filed under: Bad Mother,Bizzarre,Controversy,Disgusting,Drugs,Dumb,Florida Nut,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:44 pm

untitledA Bradenton mother was seen inhaling “whippets” and feel asleep at the wheel of her car Friday night while her 1-year-old was in the back seat, Sarasota police said.

Jennifer Ann Lee, 29, faces a charge of child neglect after police said they removed about 20 “whippets”  from her car. Whippets are small containers containing an inhalant such as nitrous oxide.

According to an arrest report, a passer-by found Lee asleep in her car about 9:20 p.m. at University Parkway and North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, and her son was asleep in the back seat. According to the report, the passer-by offered to drive Lee and her son out of the road, and Lee agreed.

The car was driven about a block to a parking lot at 5150 N. Tamiami Trail, the report said. The passer-by called a friend to check on Lee and the child, and the friend call authorities.

The friend told dispatchers Lee was doing “whippets” in front of him, according to the report.

From outside Lee’s car, officers saw several small canisters in the car by Lee’s feet, the report said.  When Lee got out of the car to speak with officers, another “whippet” was located in the driver’s seat, the report said.

According to police, Lee admitted to falling asleep at the intersection, saying, “I was tired and it happens.”


When being read her Miranda rights, Lee was “highly uncooperative” and “unleashed a verbal attack on all officers present,” police said.


A relative of Lee’s was called to watch the child during the investigation. A representative of the state Department of Children & Families met with “all parties” after the arrest, the report said.


Lee, of 955 53rd St. E., was booked early Saturday morning at the Sarasota County Jail and released later that day after posting $2,000 bond, according to jail records.


If you’ve taken ten Ambien, you should reconsider taking your six year old for a drive November 29, 2013

A Windermere mom is charged with child neglect and DUI after police say she was driving the wrong way down a street, and was involved in three crashes with her 6-year-old son in the car.

imagesChristine Ellis, 40, told Eustis police she wasn’t drunk, but later admitted she took 10 Ambien pills earlier in the day.

Police said they pulled Ellis over on Nov. 21 around 8:30 p.m., after spotting her driving the wrong direction on Grove Street, then hitting the curb near the intersection of Grove and Hazzard Avenue.

According to police, Ellis failed a series of sobriety tests conducted inside their booking room. On police video, Ellis can be seen yawning while being interviewed by detectives.

At one point, a Eustis officer asked Ellis if she knew what town she was in.

“Well, for some reason I got turned around, so no, I don’t,” replied Ellis.

Ellis told police she and her son were on their way from their Windermere home to Jacksonville, but she missed her turn.

The mom admitted to taking Ambien earlier in the day, saying it makes her lose weight, feel light-headed and more.

“It makes me stupid,” admitted Ellis. “Irresponsible.”

“When you say stupid, what do you mean?” asked the officer.

“Wrecking cars with my kids in the car,” said Ellis.

“How many wrecks have you had today?” asked the officer.

“I’ve had three,” replied Ellis.

When Eustis police pulled over Ellis, they said they noticed a large amount of front end damage to Ellis’ vehicle and her 6-year-old son was sitting in the front passenger seat.

According to a Eustis police report, the little boy, stated the officers “were much nicer than the other officers they spoke to today.”

However, when Ellis was asked where the other crashes had taken place, she told police she could not remember.

Ellis has since bonded out of the Lake County jail.

Police said her son was released to a family friend and the incident was reported to the Department of Children and Families.


Woman Mistakes Daughter For Boyfriend, Shoots And Kills Her November 27, 2013

A Winter Haven mother has been arrested after police say she shot and killed her adult daughter in an apparent case of mistaken identity.

Adele-Bing-125x188According to police, 52-year-old Adele Bing had gotten into a heated argument with her boyfriend earlier on Monday. During the fight, Bing allegedly hit 39-year-old James Lane in the head with a gun.

Bing says that Lane left the home, but not before he allegedly told her he’d come back and kill her later.

Police say Lane went to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Meanwhile, Bing remained at her home at 18th Street SE in Winter Haven. Shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday, Bing says she heard “banging” and “kicking” at her front door. Fearing her boyfriend had returned, she opened the door while holding a .22 caliber pistol in one hand and a baseball bat in the other.

As she opened the door, the gun discharged and struck the person on the porch: her 25-year-old daughter Ruby Bing, who was holding her own 4-month-old baby.

Ruby Bing died at the scene from a single gunshot wound to the chest. The infant was not injured.

According to her arrest report, Adele Bing told police the incident was a “f—– up accident” and stated, “How could I look my grandkids in their face and say I killed their mother? Y’all can lock me away for good.”

Bing was charged with second degree murder and child abuse without great bodily harm and taken to the Polk County Jail.


Hooker mom wanted to take baby to work November 22, 2013

sfl-flduh-baby-to-work-20131121-001A 19-year-old Immokalee woman who authorities say intended to take her baby with her as she worked the streets as a prostitute was arrested Wednesday, accused of hitting her former boyfriend who tried to stop her.

Alisia Alverez, of the 600 block of Booker Boulevard, is unemployed and was planning to leave home around 1 p.m. to work the streets to earn money for drugs, according to an arrest report.

However, her former boyfriend, Braulio Cano, 24 — the father of the child — who lives in the same home with Alverez, attempted to stop her. According to reports, he told Alverez she could do what she wanted, but she could not take the 1-year-old with her.

After an argument, Alverez left the home. She then returned and grabbed the child through an open window, reports said. When she went to the front door to get the child’s stroller, reports say she and Cano argued again.

Alverez struck Cano several times in the face and neck, scratching him, report said. Cano told Collier County sheriff’s deputies that he then pinned Alverez to the bed. Alverez provided a similar account of the argument to deputies, but there is no mention in reports of her discussing drugs or prostitution.

Alverez was arrested on a domestic violence battery charge and taken to the Collier County jail. She remained in custody Thursday night. A phone number listed on her arrest report went directly to voicemail. Neither Alverez nor Cano has previous arrest history in Collier County, according to Sheriff’s Office records.


Tamika Williams Crashed Car, Threw Baby, Punched Officer November 19, 2013

A Florida woman involved in a car crash last week is accused of throwing her 2-year-old daughter at a cop and punching a different cop in the head.

n-TAMIKA-large570Tamika Williams, 28, hit a tree, rolled over and crashed into a fence in her SUV at around 11:55 p.m. Friday, according to a police report obtained by the Orlando Sentinel. The Orlando woman allegedly tried to flee the scene with her toddler in tow. When police tried to stop her, she threw the girl at an officer, “forcing me to catch the baby,” he wrote in a report.

Next, she allegedly punched another officer in the head, then kept hitting her until the other officer used a stun gun on her.

Williams is charged with child neglect, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, and leaving the scene of an accident.

She’s not the first mom to be accused of throwing a baby. In April, a Connecticut bus passenger was allegedly caught on camera tossing her child to the side before attacking a fellow passenger she claimed “disrespected her in front of her baby.”

Not that holding onto your child is always a great idea, either. In July, a woman allegedly got involved in a brawl at a Long Island Chuck E. Cheese, throwing punches while her infant was in her arms.


Mom gets 54 years in prison for sexually abusing her children November 4, 2013

sarahadleta-jpg-20131025An Oviedo mother who sexually abused her children and produced pornography of the acts was sentenced to 54 years in federal prison Monday — more than twice as much time she was hoping to receive as part of her plea deal.

Prosecutors said Sarah and Jonathan Adleta made having sex with their two children a part of their parenting plan, and even after they divorced, the abuse continued.

Sarah Adleta pleaded guilty to two charges in May and testified against her ex-husband during his graphic trial last month.

Adleta also performed sex acts on her children while another man, Aaron Dixon, watched via Skype.

On Monday, Sarah’s sentencing hearing was, at times, as disturbing as her ex-husband’s trial.

Mental health counselor Cherilyn Rowland Petrie testified that the Adletas’ daughter, who was 4 years old when the FBI arrested the parents, was malnourished, not toilet-trained, was at the developmental level of an 18-month old, and had “sexualized” behaviors.

The child’s sexual behavior was so troubling to her caretakers, that she was removed from the home.

Sarah Adleta’s father, Leonard Lippy, made an emotional plea to U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton Jr.: Give my daughter the maximum sentence possible.

“Sarah, justice is needed,” Lippy said.

Adleta asked the judge for mercy and said she allowed her ex-husband and Dixon to manipulate her. She said she is remorseful and will be “haunted” for the rest of her life.

Prosecutor Karen Gable, noting Adleta’s assistance, recommended the lower-end of the sentencing range, which would have been 27 years per count.

Public defender James Smith also pointed out that Adleta helped secure her ex-husband’s conviction, and also helped put two other people behind bars. Jonathan Adleta will be sentenced in December.

But Dalton reminded the court he had discretion to sentence Sarah Adleta to 27 years in prison per charge — and not a concurrent sentence as she may have hoped.

“The facts of this offense are particularly egregious,” Dalton said, noting the crimes are among the most “horrific” he has seen.


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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