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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.

 

Mom slams on brakes of car to stop children from arguing; arrested for child abuse February 2, 2015

According to Port St. Lucie police, Lorena Sullivan Simpson told police she was trying to stop her children from arguing.

Mugshot-Lorena-Sullivan-SimpsonPolice said Simpson was driving with her 12-year-old daughter in the front seat. Her 9-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter were in the back seat when she told them to stop arguing and slammed on the brakes.

“I didn’t on purpose or intentionally harm my daughter,” said Sullivan Simpson.

806B00D17D6C4ACFA067EB86BAF94011-jpgAccording to the investigation, the girl in the front seat was not wearing a seat belt and went head first into the windshield.

Police said the windshield was cracked and Simpson didn’t take her daughter to get medical attention after having a headache and feeling dizzy.

Simpson explained she had no idea anything was wrong until officials from the Department of Children and Families showed up with police three days later.

“There was no bump, so I’m sorry but I guess I did the wrong thing,” said Simpson.

Simpson was arrested on charges of child abuse and was booked in the St. Lucie County jail.

She’s out on bond.

 

Kids jump out of car, report mom for DUI January 22, 2015

A 45-year-old mother in Gainesville faces child neglect and drug charges after four children said they jumped out of the car she was driving because she was drunk, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

sfl-flduh-kids-mom-dui-20150121-001Angela R. Woodworth was arrested Tuesday and charged with four felony counts of child neglect, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting an officer without violence.

According to police, four 11-year-old children — Woodworth’s son and three of his friends — entered a Steak ‘n Shake at 3714 SW 42nd St. claiming Woodworth was drunk and in fear they jumped out of the car she was driving.

“It was like a little girl screaming for help,” said Kenisha Drayton, who witnessed the incident. “We really didn’t see what was going on, but all we heard was someone screaming.”

Josh Kramer said he helped the kids — two boys and two girls — at the Steak ‘N Shake. He was there eating when the children ran inside.

“One of the boys told me his mom, they just left Ruby Tuesday, and his mom was really drunk and swerving all over the road,” Kramer said. “She hit a pole and broke a mirror off her car. They came to a stop. When they came to a stop, the kids jumped out of the car and ran into the restaurant.”

Kramer said he immediately called 911 and while he was on the phone with a dispatcher, Woodworth showed up and was screaming at the children, telling them to come with her.

“The kids took off running around the restaurant. She started following them around the restaurant,” Kramer said. “I finally got them back up front and told them to stay on the sidewalk, police would be here in a second and they didn’t need to be scared. I was helping them out.”

Police said when an officer arrived at the restaurant, the children ran to the officer for safety.

“They were not in a parking space, so we could only assume that her driving was so bad at that point that she couldn’t even make it into the parking space,” GPD Officer Ben Tobias said. “We are very glad that the children were not hurt.”

Police said the children told them that during the day Woodworth drove them from their home in Interlachen to Gainesville, where they went to several locations, including a Chinese restaurant, a bowling alley — where Woodworth drank two pitchers of beer — and Ruby Tuesday, where she had four drinks. Police confirmed the purchase of the drinks with charge receipts. The children said they roamed the mall unsupervised while Woodworth was at Ruby Tuesday.

Officers said Woodworth refused to comply with them and interfered with the investigation when they first made contact with her. They also said she showed signs of extreme impairment.

Police said a search of Woodworth’s vehicle revealed about 2 grams of marijuana and a marijuana pipe under the driver’s seat.

Woodworth was arrested and officers notified the Department of Children and Families. Police said Woodworth’s son is with relatives and the boy’s three friends were returned to their parents.

“Hopefully she gets the help that she needs and the punishment that she deserves to put somebody’s kids and her own kids behind that kind of dangerous situation right there,” said Travis Smith, who witnessed the incident. “I’ll pray for her.”

 

Mom drove with son on top of car January 13, 2015

A Winter Springs mother is out of jail after being charged with child abuse, after police say she drove off with her son on top of her vehicle.

sfl-flduh-mom-son-top-car-20150109-001Tojuana Lowe was arrested on Thursday morning when an officer saw a juvenile on top of her black Mazda on North Moss Road, turning onto State Road 434, according to the report.

Police said Lowe told them the son jumped on her vehicle to prevent her from leaving the residence and she drove off, thinking it would scare him.

The boy remained on the vehicle as she kept driving through the Moss Park Apartments,jumped off and then immediately jumped back on the hood of the vehicle, according to the report.

Lowe said she was attempting to call 911 on her cellphone when she saw a Winter Springs police officer and pulled over to tell the officer the situation.

Police said Lowe told them she knew it was wrong for her to drive the vehicle while the boy was on top and unsecured but thought he would jump off.

Lowe was driving at around 20 to 25 miles per hour on SR 434 for about 600 yards, according to the report.

Lowe was arrested and taken to Seminole County jail. She was out of jail Friday night.

 

 
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