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The Bizarre World of Florida

When questioned after his arrest for rape of 10-year-old, man explains, “I’m not the normal guy that everyone thinks I am” April 23, 2014

Michael-HelmickA Marion County man has been arrested on capital sexual battery charges after deputies say he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old and said during his interview that he has an addiction that needs mental help.

Michael Helmick, 38, was charged by Marion County Sheriff’s Office on Monday with two counts of sexual battery after two inappropriate contact incidents with the 10-year-old victim.

While Helmick was being interviewed by deputies, he said, “I’m not the normal guy that everyone thinks I am,” according to the report, and said he has been accused and/or arrested five separate times on sexual based offenses.

During those accusations, Helmick said he has asked for mental help for several years and has not received it, deputies said.

Helmick also said that he has an addiction to adult pornography and dates females “much younger” than he is, according to the report.

Helmick was taken to Marion County Jail.

 

Mom On Crack Binge Gives Birth In Motel Bathtub, Chews Through Umbilical Cord April 16, 2014

A premature baby born Friday night in a motel bathtub after his mother said she went on a crack cocaine binge remains in critical condition on a ventilator at UF Heatlh Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

The Florida Department of Children and Families has taken custody of the baby and his 11-month-old brother, DCF spokeswoman Kristi Gray said. The baby’s brother has been placed in foster care.

Chrystal-Hassell-125x188Their 37-year-old mother, Chrystal A. Hassell, is on suicide watch at the Marion County Jail, meaning she is under constant supervision. She faces a charge of child neglect. She will be evaluated by medical professionals and will get whatever assistance she needs, Gray said, and the agency will work with her.

On Saturday, hours after her arrest, Hassell said she has been using drugs since she was a teenager, including while pregnant. She said she has a 16-year-old daughter who was born addicted to drugs. She said she did not know she was pregnant with her third child until early March when she felt movement in her stomach. She went to Munroe Regional Medical Center for a checkup and was told she was approximately six to seven months pregnant.

Hassell said she decided not to smoke crack but the cravings were too great. The day before her baby was born, she went on a binge. She said she had the child in a bathtub at Vacation Host Inn on South Pine Avenue and cut the umbilical cord with her teeth. She said the baby began turning blue so she called 911.

Vincent Terry, 43, the father of the baby and his brother, is at the Marion County Jail on a warrant out of El Pasco County, Colo., for domestic violence, attempted murder and a violation of probation on possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

Terry said Tuesday during an interview at the jail that he did not know his girlfriend was abusing drugs for 24 hours before their baby was born. He said she told him she was tired and wanted to lie down.

“I knew she had a history of doing drugs, but not that she was doing drugs. She just found out she was pregnant,” he said.

Terry said he and Hassell attended a court hearing Tuesday to determine the status of their two children. He said his family provided the names of immediate family members whom the children can stay with and that DCF officials plan to do background checks to see if they qualify to take care of them.

Though no case plan has been arranged, Vincent said they should be able to have visitation with the children but that will depend on the outcome of their cases as well what kinds of programs they have to complete.

Terry said they have settled on a name for the baby, which he would not reveal, and that someone from the hospital is supposed to call and get the name so they can sign the birth certificate.

As for the charges he faces, Terry said he was not aware of the attempted murder and domestic violence charges and he thought his probation had ended on the drug possession charge. He said he has signed extradition papers and will go to Colorado to face the charges.

Terry said he and his girlfriend have several problems facing them, such as finding a place to live, but that he is looking forward to a life with Hassell and believes they can overcome any obstacle.

“Of course we’re going to stay together. My kids are here. She’s not a bad person. She just got a problem and, together, we’ll fight it,” he said.

 

Texas mom sent 8-year-old on beer run in Key West April 14, 2014

sfl-flduh-mom-beer-run-key-wset-20140413-001 A mother of two from Sugar Land is in a Florida jail cell after a family vacation that reportedly spun out of control.

Suzanne Simon was arrested Thursday in Key West, FL, on suspicion of felony child neglect.

Police say the 38-year-old environmental engineer smelled of booze and slurred her words when she was taken into custody.

According to a police report, Simon kicked a 12-year-old boy out of the car on popular Duval Street without any shoes. She allegedly did so because the boy was reading the GPS incorrectly.

The report also states that Simon sent an 8-year-old girl out of the car in search of more beer.

Police haven’t officially identified Simon as the mother of the children. However, those who know Simon confirm that the kids belong to her.

“I’m nervous. Where are the kids? I want to know where the kids are. Did she just leave them on the street and take off,” questioned Simon’s friend Mary Lou. “She never mistreated the kids. Never.”

Mary Lou says the father of both kids died in a motorcycle accident years ago.

She didn’t know Simon had gone on vacation but claims Simon called her a couple of weeks ago and said she was lonely.

“What was she doing over there? The kids were in school,” said Mary Lou. “If you find the kids, bring them to me. I’ll take care of them. Those kids are real sweet.”

The little girl reportedly told police that she found a beer on the sidewalk and brought it to Simon. The investigating officer alleges that Simon smacked the girl on her forehead at one point, leaving a red mark.

“I can’t believe Suzanne would do something like that. That’s not Suzanne,” added Mary Lou.

Police say the 12-year-old boy was picked up by two strangers and brought back to his hotel.

News of Simon’s alleged actions after a day of drinking made headlines in the Citizen Newspaper in the Keys.

The newspaper says Simon told an officer that “he should put the boy in juvenile detention as a runaway.”

“Knowing that she kicked him out of the car in the middle of Key West, Florida, I think that’s insane,” said Courtney Maris, who knows Simon.

Courtney Maris’ ex husband went on to marry Simon. That marriage, too, ended in divorce.

Maris says she has had a tumultuous relationship with Simon along the way.

“She was saying terrible things to me about what a terrible mother I was because I hadn’t seen my son. I’m here taking care of my children,” explained Maris.

KHOU 11’s attempts to reach Simon’s family were unsuccessful.

Simon is currently locked up at the Stock Island jail on $5,000 bond. Authorities have not said where the children are.

 

“When police searched his car, they found condoms, the loaded handgun and a shovel and duct tape inside.” April 12, 2014

3489808_GA loaded handgun, shovel and duct tape were found in the car of a man Davie Police say was arrested for having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Antonio Seisdedos, 36, was arrested Thursday on charges of engaging in a sexual act with a person under 16, computer pornography and child exploitation and traveling for computer pornography and child exploitation, according to a Davie Police arrest report.

Seisdedos was being held on $14,500 bond Friday, court records showed. No attorney was listed in court records. Efforts to get a comment from someone at Seisdedos’ address were unsuccessful.

According to the arrest report, the victim’s mother went to police after she found several text messages on the girl’s phone from Seisdedos. Seisdedos and the teen texted about having sex in the messages, which dated back to February, the report said.

When police spoke with the teen, she admitted to having oral sex with Seisdedos in his car, the report said. She told police she had been approached by Seisdedos outside a Publix, and he told her she was cute and asked if they could exchange phone numbers, the report said.

The girl said she told Seisdedos she was just 14, the report said. She also admitted to sending him naked photos of herself, the report said.

Using the teen’s phone, police contacted Seisdedos posing as the girl and arranged to meet with him. He didn’t show up for the first meeting but when he showed up to a second arranged meeting, he was taken into custody, the report said.

When police searched his car, they found condoms, the loaded handgun and a shovel and duct tape inside, the report said.

Seisdedos refused to speak with officers without his attorney, the report said.

 

Christian High School Teacher Caught Half-Naked With 14-Year-Old Student April 8, 2014

Eric-Beasley-125x188A South Florida teacher was arrested Tuesday after he was caught having sex with a 14-year-old student, police said.

According to the Lighthouse Point police report, Eric Beasley, 24, was the ninth-grade student’s biology teacher at Zion Lutheran Christian School in Deerfield Beach.

An officer found Beasley and the teen having sex in a parked car behind a business, the report claimed.

While being questioned by detectives, Beasley admitted to engaging in inappropriate behavior with the girl at school, including kissing during her lunch breaks, the report stated.

“It’s absolutely appalling,” Rosalyn Smith, whose child attends the school, told Local 10.

Police said they also found pictures of Beasley’s penis on his phone that he sent to the girl.

“Not just my child, but I’m concerned about all of the children here at the school,” Smith said.

A student at the school said he thought Beasley was “a weird creep-o.”

School officials have not commented on the arrest.

 

Mother made her children regurgitate food and then eat it again, held her children’s heads underwater and pretty much tortured them for 8 years March 29, 2014

A mother starved, beat and tortured her two-16-year-old children for more than eight years, police have said.

Jamie Marie Hicks, 43, allegedly inflicted cruelty on the two children at her home in North Tampa, Florida while their stepfather, 53-year-old Vernon Courtney Lovell, looked on and did nothing.

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Arrested: Jamie Hicks, left, has been accused of abusing her two 16-year-old children for more than eight years, while her husband Vernon Lovell, right, allegedly knew about the abuse but did nothing to help them

She hit them with various objects, choked them to the point of unconsciousness and held their heads under water, according to a police report reported in the Tampa Bay Times.

She also withheld food from them for up to three days at a time, they told police, and on other occasions, she fed them spoiled food or made them regurgitate food and then eat it again.

The alleged abuse came to light when the children went to Mary Lee’s House, a nonprofit child protection organization, where they told child advocates about what they had endured.

The children, whose genders have not been released, said their mother abused them while their stepfather failed to seek medical attention, even though he was aware of the abuse.

A pediatric nurse carried out a physical examination of the children on Thursday and found signs of severe malnutrition and both were hospitalized, according to police.

One of the children weighed 88 pounds and the other weighed 94 pounds, whereas a healthy weight for their age is 135 pounds.

Lovell has lived with Hicks and the children for 13 years, the report said.

Both are being held without bail.

Hicks, who worked as manager of her husband’s handyman services company, was being held in the Hillsborough County Jail on Friday on aggravated child abuse charges.

Lovell also remains in the jail and faces accusations of child neglect.

 

What should a mother do if someone is allegedly bullying her daughter at school? March 8, 2014

Hey, pick on someone your own size!

fight8n-4-webA Florida mom got into a fistfight with one of her daughter’s classmates in the Hialeah Middle School parking lot — and the entire fight was over alleged bullying.

Irisdaly Rios, 35, was hit with battery charges for slugging Ashley Perez, 12, in a brawl captured by shocked bystanders, according to reports.

And neither side of the schoolyard scuffle is backing down.

Rios claims that Perez has been repeatedly bullying her daughter and that the Tuesday tussle was sparked because she was defending her daughter.

“This girl bullies my daughter every day,” Rios told NBC Miami.

The middle school girl suffered a chipped tooth, scratches on her neck and a bruised head.

Perez admitted that she and Rios’ daughter have argued in the past, but things never got physical.

When an irate Rios approached her, Perez said she thought the mom was going to offer advice on how to patch things up with the girl.

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Irisdaly Rios and Ashley Perez can be seen trading punches and swipes at each other.

“That’s why I walked to the car, because usually, if it was another mother, she’ll be like, ‘Oh, what’s happening to my daughter. Let’s fix this up,’” Perez told NBC Miami. “She got aggressive, and I think she felt her daughter was in danger.”

Police identified Rios and Perez from cellphone video footage taken at the scene of the wild fight.

Rios exited her car and the two got into a shouting match — then the fists started flying.

Perez, defending herself, was able to scratch the mom’s arm and neck, but Rios appears to be the aggressor in the incident.

“It was crazy,” Damian Portal, who recorded the incident, told CBS Miami. “She started holding and touching her and then she backed away, she approached her and started swinging.”

Police said that Rios should have contacted the school or police over the bullying allegations.

“Everybody loses here,” Hialeah Police spokesman Carl Zogby told NBC Miami.

 

When choosing between a college football career and impregnating your 14-year-old cousin, incest wins every time in Florida February 26, 2014

WPTV%20Sharieff_1393424560054_3158460_ver1_0_640_480A star high school football player who recently committed to the University of Louisville has been arrested after police say he impregnated his 14-year-old cousin, CBS 12 News is reporting.

Fort Pierce Central High School linebacker Sharieff Inuka Rhaheed-Muhammad is accused of inappropriately touching his cousin since she was 11 years old, according to WPTV. The girl said the most recent encounter was consensual and “just happened.”

In October, the girl’s mother noticed she wasn’t acting normal and she admitted to being pregant with Rhaheed-Muhammad’s child. The girl had an abortion and court-ordered testing of those remains pointed to Rhaheed-Muhammad as the father with a 99.99 percent probability, the TV station reports.

Rhaheed-Muhammad was arrested Monday and charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor.

 

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.

 

You can now be charged with battery for making a student unclog a urinal with his bare hands February 21, 2014

A Coral Springs teacher is facing battery charges after allegedly making a student unclog a urinal with his bare hands, police said.

sfl-jennifer-forshey-photo-20140219Jennifer King Forshey, 58, of Hollywood, is accused of ordering a 10-year-old to remove wet wads of paper towels from a urinal in a boys’ restroom at Broward Community Charter School on Feb. 6, according to the arrest report.

Forshey was arrested Wednesday and charged with battery on a child by exposure to urine, records show.

She was released early Thursday after posting $1,000 bond, according to jail records.

The boy told investigators the paper towels were soaked with someone else’s urine so he tried to use dry paper towels to pick them up, yet the urine seeped through. His hands smelled of urine; there was no soap in the restroom, so he went to the dean’s office to ask for some, the report stated.

Another teacher said he witnessed the incident and heard Forshey telling the student to rinse his hands under running water, police said.

During questioning, Forshey admitted to telling the student to “clean the paper towels out” of the urinal without providing him anything to prevent contact with the urine. She told police she saw nothing wrong with what she had done until she was arrested.

 

 
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