The Bizarre World of Florida

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.


Is drunken night of music blasting a case of man bites dog? May 24, 2014

This could be one for the man-bites-dog file.

A 15-year-old boy complained to investigators that he woke up on — a school day — to loud music and his mom and stepdad drunk.

shandra_mickel_mug-thumb-150x163-15518The teen told Martin County Sheriff’s investigators that his mom, Shandra Mickel, 32, told him he had to get up for school.

He said he wanted to rest a while longer “because he was tired from his mother blasting music all night,” according to recently released Martin County Sheriff’s Office records.

He said he got in the shower 15 minutes later and his mom and stepfather began banging on the door and yelling, “Get the (sexual intercourse) out of the shower.”

Traditionally, parents model responsible behavior for their children to better prepare them for adulthood.

The teen boy said he asked his mom to leave him alone, and she began saying “mean things” and name calling.

He said he bent over to put on his shoes, and that his mom started punching him. He said he eventually held her against the wall in an effort to thwart the attacks.

Mickel, who smelled of booze and appeared under the influence of an “unknown substance,” said her son was back talking and wanted his phone. She slurred her speech and kept nodding off.

Mickel gave investigators an inconsistent story and kept altering the events.

A neighbor said the son was not the aggressor.

Deputies gave the son a ride to school and gave the mom a ride to jail.

Mickel, of the 2400 block of Northwest Holiday Court in Stuart, was arrested on a domestic battery charge.


Mother scammed parents who wanted to adopt baby May 23, 2014

RADER_JILL_ANNInvestigators said an Orange County woman is in jail after she promised to give her baby up for adoption but instead kept the baby and cashed in on the couple who was supposed to get the child.

Police said Jill Rader kept taking payments after she gave birth and got almost $10,000 from the couple who thought they would be adopting her baby.

The money went to help pay for Rader’s rent, gasoline, groceries and anything else she needed.

Once the child was born at Winnie Palmer Hospital in February, Rader allegedly cut off contact from the adoption agency, but still asked for financial help.

Court papers said Rader used the business A Chosen Child to find a new family for her child.

Documents said she eventually wanted to keep the baby girl, but she kept taking payments from the agency, which is illegal.

“I think that she should really be in jail for that because if they’re funding you for the adoption and you don’t go through with it, it’s just like stealing money from a bank,” said resident Porche Black.

The executive director of A Chosen Child said mothers sometimes change their minds and keep the baby, which is allowed.

But Rader allegedly never informed the agency she had the baby.

Rader posted pictures of herself with her newborn on her Facebook page.

After the birth, the agency handed over nearly $1,800 for rent, groceries and gas.

That money came from the adoptive parents, who gave almost $9,000 to cover any expenses incurred by Rader during the pregnancy.

“I feel like these parents really wanted the baby and (she) just took advantage of them,” Black said.

Channel 9’s Ryan Hughes stopped by Rader’s residence at an Orange County motel.

Her husband said the family decided to keep the baby and planned to pay back the agency.


Gulp! Mom assaulted son with Kool-Aid May 7, 2014

A woman accused of throwing Kool-Aid had to cool off in the St. Lucie County jail following a spat in Fort Pierce, according to a recently-released police report.

sfl-flduh-koolaid-assault-20140506-001Fort Pierce police on April 27 went to an address in the 800 block of North 21st Street and spoke to 60-year-old Yeteva Mccollum, who said her son called her a bad name.

Enraged, Mccollum said she tossed a full glass of Kool-Aid at her son, hitting him on his head and body.

Edwin Perkins, a native of Hastings, Neb., developed Kool-Aid (first named Kool-Ade) in 1927, according to the website for the Hastings Museum. The museum has a Kool-Aid exhibit named, “Kool-Aid: Discover the Dream.”

The original Kool-Aid flavors included strawberry, cherry, grape, lemon-lime, raspberry and orange, while the precursor of the popular fruity beverage was a liquid concentrate known as Fruit Smack. Kraft Foods now owns Kool-Aid, which is Nebraska’s official soft drink.

Meanwhile, Mccollum told police she felt something hit her in the lip.

“She stated that she has glaucoma and could not see what the object was but was certain it was not a fist or open hand,” a report states. “She stated it had a metallic sound.”

Mccollum’s 33-year-old son told police he was in the kitchen washing dishes when his mom started a verbal altercation.

He said she threw the Kool-Aid and ran in her bedroom. He said he heard a noise when she ran in, and that she came out with a swollen lip.

He said he believes she banged into the bunk beds, causing the swollen lip.

The son said his mother frequently calls police on him and tries to file bogus allegations.

Police determined Mccollum, of the 800 block of North 21st Street in Fort Pierce, was the primary aggressor and took her to jail on a battery charge.



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