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Mom ankle deep in trouble after throwing shoe at daughter May 11, 2015

Some people may not want to be in Linda Morgan’s shoes.

linda_morganThat’s because she got booted into jail after being accused April 22 of throwing a shoe at her 20-year-old daughter in Vero Beach.

Investigators determined Morgan got in a verbal altercation with her daughter. Morgan tossed the shoe, an article of clothing worn on a foot, at her daughter while a deputy was there.Indian River County Sheriff’s officials arrested Morgan, 50, following the flying footwear flap at an address in the 3900 block of 46th Street, records state.

The footwear flinging allegations against Morgan recall the Eddie Murphy stand-up routine known as “Shoe Throwin’ Mothers” in which Murphy explains his mother’s skill at throwing and hitting him with a shoe following perceived infractions.

“She would carry that (expletive) like a gun,” Murphy said in the “Delirious” video from 1983. “By the time I was like 10, my mother was like Clint Eastwood with a shoe.”

Meanwhile, Indian River sheriff’s investigators found the spat between Morgan and her daughter happened when Morgan locked her daughter out of the home. The daughter forced her way in, angering Morgan.

Some might not describe Morgan as a goody two-shoes or straight-laced because the report states she made “several threatening statements” towards her daughter. The report doesn’t indicate whether the statements caused anyone to be shaking in their boots.

Morgan, of the 3900 block of 46th Street in Vero Beach, was jailed on an assault/domestic violence charge.

 

Mom used Facebook to setup fight between teens April 23, 2015

A Pasco County mother is under arrest, accused of being caught on video instigating a fight between two teenagers while being armed with a knife.

635651204672401433-TABITHA-ANNE-BENNETT33-year-old Tabitha Anne Bennett is charged with child abuse, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and simple battery. She is currently free on $10,500 bond.

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office says on the evening of April 12, Bennett drove her 13-year-old daughter to the area of Moog Road and Colonial Hills Drive so the child could fight with a 14-year-old girl. Bennett allegedly sent a Facebook message to the 14-year-old telling her where to meet for the fight.

Once there, deputies say Bennett got out of her vehicle while holding a folding knife, and told the crowd that had been gathering she would not allow anyone to join in the fight.

At least two cell phones recorded the fight, and were posted to social media. In the video, Bennett is allegedly seen yelling and encouraging her daughter to “get on top” of the 14-year-old. At one point, Bennett is seen kicking the 14-year-old in the side and pulling her to the ground by her hair, allowing her daughter to get on top of her and continue the fight.

According to her arrest report, Bennett said she admitted to encouraging the fight, because she felt her daughter was being bullied and needed to fight back.

The Sheriff’s Office has not released the video, because it is a child abuse case.

 

Baby choked on cigarette butt while mom was in bar April 1, 2015

A mom was arrested on multiple charges after a 1-year-old choked on a cigarette butt while the woman walked to a nearby bay because she “needed a break,” deputies said.

1427739517578Kendra Page Hampton, 39, of Palm Coast, was charged with felony child neglect, domestic violence and resisting arrest without violence.

According to a Flagler County Sheriff’s Office report, Hampton began consuming alcohol around 1 p.m. Saturday.

Hampton’s boyfriend told deputies he was concerned for the three children in the home, ages 1, 2 and 9, because Hampton has been “drinking alcohol excessively for the past few months.”

Hampton’s boyfriend left the house Saturday and left the woman with the three children.

Two other adults who were at the house heard the 1-year-old choking after the child managed to find smoked cigarettes in an ashtray.

One of the adults was able to remove the cigarette butt from the child’s mouth, deputies said.

According to the report, Hampton left the house and walked to a nearby bar.

When she returned home, Hampton and her boyfriend got into an argument over a cell phone and punched the man in the nose, a report states.

The two adults in the house told deputies they didn’t know the children were left unattended until they heard the 1-year-old choking.

Hampton was taken to the Flagler County Inmate Facility, where she remained Monday afternoon on $5,550 bond.

 

Drunken mom arrested after young son found wandering on busy road March 25, 2015

A mother was passed out and intoxicated, while her young son was found wandering on State Road 434.

Investigators said Ramona Petty’s 6-year-old son was found more than a mile away on Sheoah Boulevard.

Ramona-Petty-jpgHowever, Petty spoke with Eyewitness News reporter Tim Barber and said there wasno way her son could have walked that far because he gets tired very quickly.

Petty admitted to Barber that she did not remember a lot from Sunday night.

Investigators said a driver spotted Petty’s 6-year-old and called 911.

The officers who rescued the boy said they recognized him from previous cases that involved his mother. The officers said they brought him home, where Petty was drunk and lying in the grass with her 5-year-old daughter.

“My son, he has this little habit of taking off and he runs because behind here we have trees and woods. So, my daughter and I are screaming, ‘Joseph! Joseph!’ Can’t find him, can’t find him,” said Petty.

Petty said she had a few drinks, but denied being drunk. She said she did not believe that her son was capable of walking a mile from their apartment to State Road 434.

“It’s not true, because he would have stopped at the park. He is not like that. It’s not true,” Petty said.

A police document shows that Petty had marks on her face because she “fell down” while officers were trying to arrest her on child abuse charges. She was also charged with resisting arrest.

Court records show that it was not Petty’s first time in trouble. She was arrested on child neglect charges in 2013 for a similar situation. In that case, she pleaded no contest and took anger management, substance abuse and parenting classes.

 

Kids slept on floor, chained to washing machine with dog collars March 20, 2015

dogA 58-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday after authorities found out her grandchildren were sleeping on the floor with their arms chained to a washing machine with dog collars, an arrest affidavit said.

Three children were living in Linda Brantly’s home in Orange County, but have since been taken out of the home and placed in foster care, according to a Department of Children and Families spokesman.

A DCF investigator called Orange County Sheriff’s Office after talking to one of the children about a separate sexual battery accusation, the affidavit said.

Deputies found two dog leashes and collars that were tied to the washing machine. The children would attach their hands to the collars and go to sleep without any blankets or pillows, authorities allege. The children did not appear to be injured, deputies said.

DCF spokesperson David Ocasio said Brantly was allegedly disciplining the children.

“This mode of alleged discipline is completely unacceptable,” he said. “While this pattern of child abuse did not cause physical harm, the emotional scars to young children can lead to long lasting damage.”

Ocasio said Brantly had custody of the children. He was not sure about the mother of the children.

In another form of discipline, the children were forced to hold their hands over their heads for an extended period of time, the affidavit said.

Brantly was charged with aggravated child abuse. She was taken to the Orange County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

 

Hey, my mom Tased me all the time. And I’m a better man for it March 17, 2015

A Deltona woman was arrested and accused of torturing two children by using a stun gun to punish them for stealing from a store, investigating Volusia deputies said.

momMarie Beauvais, 37, was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse, her arrest report shows.

Beauvais is out of the Volusia County Branch Jail on $2,000 bail, according to court records.

Deputies said they learned of the case when they went to the Phonetia Drive home Thursday to help a Department of Children & Families investigator.

The DCF investigator said she was investigating an incident that occurred Oct. 20, reports said.

Two girls, ages 16 and 14, told deputies they stole from the Wal-mart in Deltona in October and Beauvais picked them up and brought them home. Once home, Beauvais repeatedly stunned the girls, about 10 to 15 times in their right arms, investigators said.

Deputies saw multiple burn marks on the shoulder of one girl consistent with being stunned with the electric device and both girls had burn marks on their right arms, a report details.

The girls said Beauvais also used a belt on them, deputies said.

The girls did not want to press charges against Beauvais. And one girl said she deserved the punishment for the retail theft she committed, deputies said.

Deputies arrested Beauvais after determining that she “did willfully torture and maliciously” punish the girls, “while carelessly using a Taser or stun gun” causing the children to suffer permanent disfigurement, a report states.

 

Girl, 3, left in liquor store as mom scrambled to stash boyfriend’s gun February 19, 2015

A 3-year-old stood frozen in fear inside a Deerfield Beach liquor store as her mother scrambled to hide a handgun after her boyfriend shot himself in the leg, authorities said.

liquorStefanie Felicia Stern, 28, was arrested Tuesday and faces charges of child neglect without great bodily harm and tampering with evidence, jail records show. She is accused of leaving her daughter alone in a liquor store while she and her boyfriend disposed of a gun with which he had shot himself.

During first-appearance court Wednesday, Broward Judge John “Jay” Hurley set Stern’s bond at $2,000 and appointed a guardian for her daughter.

“She left her daughter alone in the liquor store and placed her in harm’s way,” Hurley read from a report. “The daughter is seen frozen in fear as she witnesses these events.”

Stern was with her daughter and Reginald Leon Lee, 34, inside the B21 Liquor store at 4591 N. Dixie Hwy. on Dec. 22 when Lee started arguing with another customer, according to her arrest warrant.
Lee chased the customer out of the store with a gun; when he walked back inside he fumbled with his pants and shot himself in the right leg, the warrant said. Lee then handed the gun to Stern and the two ran to a nearby alley to hide the gun, leaving the child in the store.

When deputies arrived at the liquor store, Lee told them he had been shot by a stranger and he needed an ambulance, the warrant said. Lee was taken to Broward Health North, where he refused to cooperate with authorities. Lee is not facing charges.

Stern told detectives she did not see what happened or how Lee had been shot, the warrant said.

Detectives went to the liquor store the next day and viewed surveillance footage that shows the argument, Lee shooting himself, and he and Stern leaving the child and trying to hide the gun, the warrant said.

 

 
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