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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.

 

Jury Rejects Man’s Claim He Was Sleeping When He Molested Girl August 28, 2014

Caleb-RuhCaleb Ruh, a 29-year-old Flagler County man accused two years ago of molesting a 7-year-old girl in his care, was found guilty of lewd and lascivious molestation in a jury trial that ended late this afternoon.

Ruh faces life in prison and will be designated a sexual predator. He will be sentenced on Sept. 29 by Flagler County Circuit Judge J. David Walsh.

Ruh was represented by public defender Regina Nunnally, who argued at trial that Ruh suffered from “sexsomnia” and committed the acts while asleep.

Susan Davis writing for WebMD summarizes the disorder this way: “Also called ‘sleep sex,’ sexsomnia is a type of parasomnia, where the brain is caught in transition between sleeping and waking states. As with other parasomnias — including sleepwalking, sleep talking, and, yes, sleep driving — someone who is sleep sexing can seem fully awake and aware, even as he or she is masturbating, or fondling, initiating intercourse with, or even sexually assaulting a bed partner. But he or she truly is asleep. In fact, a diagnosis of sexsomnia has been used as a defense in several rape and molestation cases in recent years.”

In Ruh’s case, a jury of five men and one women didn’t buy it. The jury issued the verdict before Walsh after deliberating 90 minutes.

Ruh, who lives in a part of southern Flagler County that has Ormond Beach addresses, was arrested on Aug. 31, 2012, following a Department of Children and Families investigation earlier into an incident that took place July 1.

Ruh, according to his arrest report at the time, had been left in charge of the 7 year old girl while her mother and a 1-year-old child went to the store. The girl told her mother that Ruh had fallen asleep on the couch, then at one point had called out the girl’s name, grabbed the girl, and tried to kiss and touch her. The girl tried to awaken Ruh, who would later say that he’d taken Xanax before falling asleep. Xanax is an anti-anxiety prescription.

The girl later confronted Ruh about it. He refused to talk about it and claimed that the incident couldn’t have happened. The girl would later tell her mother that on another occasion, Ruh had blindfolded her and put things in her mouth, with the object of the “game” being that she had to guess what it was. The child’s mother took both her children to Broward County, where, the report states, a Child Protective Team concluded that there had been “two acts of sexual violence.”

Ruh continued to insist that he did not remember what had taken place on July 1, as he did at trial.

He was initially booked on $200,000 bail. He did not have a good record while in jail, and faced additional charges, such as obstructing police and violating jail rules two or more times, a case still pending in county court, and a battery charge, what would have been a third-degree felony, though the charge was dismissed.

 

Dad gets bar beatdown after leaving kids in car to drink August 24, 2014

A local man is accused of leaving his three children in a car while he drank beer at a bar, according to the Ocala Police Department.

sfl-flduh-dad-bar-kids-car-20140821-001Police say they arrested Joshua Delong, 28, after they found him bloody and on the ground outside of Dr. B’s Bar on Northeast Eight Place.

The security guard at Dr. B’s Bar called police after Delong tried to drive away with the kids, ages 5, 7 and 8, in the car, according to the arrest affidavit.

The security guard, Christopher Chung, told police he tried to talk Delong out of driving because he thought Delong was drunk, police said.

Chung told police that’s when an angry patron hit Delong, according to the arrest affidavit.

Delong later told police that several men inside the bar accused of him of leaving his kids in the car, dragged him outside and beat him.

Prior to Delong’s arrest, a witness called police to report Delong’s three young children left alone for four hours in a gold Cadillac with the windows up and the key in the ignition, according to police. The children had been honking the horn and yelling “daddy” in the car.

A good Samaritan, Heather Weiss, stayed with the children and kept them calm until officers arrived, police said.

Delong told police that he left his children in his mother’s care and that his wife dropped them off at the bar without his knowledge. Delong’s wife and mother denied the claims, police said.

Delong was treated for his injuries at Orlando Regional Medical Center and then booked at the Marion County Jail. He was charged with three counts of child neglect.

 

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.

 

Austin Hamilton Whipped Toddler To Death Because Child Peed On Him During Diaper Change August 13, 2014

Filed under: Abuse,Child Abuse,Dangerous Nut,Death,Disgusting,Dumb,Florida Nut,Sick,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:23 pm

A Tampa man has been arrested for causing the death of his girlfriend’s 1-year-old boy.

Austin-HamiltonTampa police officers arrested Austin Hamilton, 24, whose address is at large, for first degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

About 11 a.m. Saturday, Hamilton’s girlfriend left the 1-year-old boy and his 6-year-old brother with Hamilton in a room at the Motel 6, 333 East Fowler Ave. in Tampa, when she went to work.

Later on that night, Hamilton called 911 for help when the 1-year-old boy, Sincere Williams, whose address was listed the same as the Motel 6, started having trouble breathing.

About 8:22 p.m., Tampa police officers and paramedics arrived at the motel and found the victim unresponsive on a bed inside of the room. The child was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he later died.

During the initial investigation at the scene, the suspect claimed that he did not hit or punish the victim in anyway and that the victim was not involved in any accidents that would have caused his death, a Tampa Police Department report said.

Sunday, TPD homicide detectives received the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office report, which said the toddler died as a result of blunt force trauma to the lower abdomen, the police report said. The medical examiner ruled the victim’s death a homicide.

Detectives located the suspect and interviewed him again about the details surrounding the child’s death. Hamilton changed his story and stated that while he was changing the victim’s diaper, the child urinated inside of the motel room.

“He lost control” and hit the victim several times all over his body with a leather belt, the police report said. He went on to state that while he was disciplining the child, he tried to pick the victim up, but the child fell and hit his head.

Tampa Police homicide detectives charged Hamilton with First Degree Murder and Aggravated Child Abuse based on the suspect’s interview along with witness statements and evidence from the crime scene. Hamilton was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail.

Hamilton is not the biological father of the victim or the 6-year-old boy who was also left in his care. The 6-year old was not injured during the incident.

The investigation is still on going.

 

Man driving drunk with 6-year-old girl in truck August 7, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Child Abuse,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,DUI,Dumb,Florida Nut,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:31 pm

Harley-Templeman-jpgA Holly Hill man is accused of being three times the legal blood-alcohol limit while driving with a 6-year-old child in his truck.

Harley Templeman, 29, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and child neglect just before 5 p.m. Saturday.

A Sheriff’s Office deputy said he witnessed Templeman make an illegal turn.

The deputy said Templeman smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and was slurring his words.

He allegedly admitted taking two shots of rum and a pain pill.

A relative took custody of the little girl.

 

 
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