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Super drunk woman tried to pick up kids from school April 30, 2015

A drunk woman tried to pick up children from a Kissimmee school on Monday, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said the incident was reported around 4:39 p.m. at Highlands Elementary School after a school employee said a parent waiting in her car appeared to be intoxicated.

7607441_GCarlhie Thompson, 32, was with four children, ages 2-11 years old, deputies said.

Investigators said Thompson’s eyes were bloodshot and that they smelled alcohol on her breath.

Deputies said when the responding officer arrived at the school, he saw people surrounding Thompson’s car, physically stopping her from leaving with the children.

“When they realized that she could possibly be intoxicated, they did the right thing by notifying law enforcement and trying to get the lady to not leave the area,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Twis Lizasuian said.

She was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and four counts of child neglect.

“Not only was she irresponsible, what she did was criminal and that was the reason that she was charged,” Lizasuian said.

Deputies said the Breathalyzer test revealed Thompson was three times over the legal limit.

The judge set her bond at $1,300. Thompson remained in jail Tuesday night.

If released from jail, Thompson is ordered to not drive and not drink.

 

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.

 

Izbella Bronson, 2, Killed After Being Ran Over By Her Great-Grandmother March 23, 2015

Izbella Bronson was killed after the A 2-year-old fell out of her great-grandmother’s minivan and was accidentally run over.

drivewayAccording to Hillsborough County deputies, Izbella Bronson was with 69-year-old Alice Barber in a 2008 Kia Sedona, waiting at the end of Barber’s private dirt driveway to pick up the girl’s brothers as they got off their school bus.

As Izbella’s 7-year-old brother ran ahead of the vehicle towards the house, Barber allowed Izbella and her 9-year-old brother to sit on the floor of the minivan with one of the side doors open as she proceeded back up the driveway.

“Sometimes, the kids would sit there and dangle their feet out and she would travel very slowly,” said HCSO spokesperson Larry McKinnon. “Unfortunately, this time on the way back, she obviously hit something that knocked the child out.”

Izbella ended up falling underneath the minivan and was ran over by one of the vehicle’s rear tires, which makes the entire story more horrific when combined with that “very slowly” portion of McKinnon’s statement.

Izbella would die shortly after being flown to Tampa General Hospital. No charges have been filed at this time and it isn’t likely any will be.

“It’s on private property so the car seat and all those rules don’t apply unfortunately,” said McKinnon, who added that he hopes this story serves as a cautionary tale.

“These are potential risks that you take when you put a child that is not secured in a car seat regardless of where it’s at,” said McKinnon. “So it’s a lesson learned, a tragic lesson learned, but hopefully it’s a message we can send out to everyone. That this is what happens when you practice these habits.”

Sometimes I find it hard to believe I made it out of childhood. I still remember riding in the back of my old man’s truck with a group of other teammates as we headed down the highway to our baseball games, or playing the hot lava game with my brother in the back of my mom’s station wagon.

 

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.

 

Argument between two women escalated quickly, ending with one running over the other and a teenage boy, then backing up and running them over again March 16, 2015

Controversy

A 31-year-old woman charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder after running over another woman and her teenage son during an argument Sunday outside of Orlando Paintball was denied bond on Monday.

The argument started because Morrison didn’t want her ex-boyfriend to have their two children around another woman, according to her ex-boyfriend, Frankie D. Washington.

Witnesses saw Morrison yelling at Washington before arguing with a woman — later identified as Mary-Jo Wood — in the parking lot of Orlando Paintball at 7215 Rose Avenue about 5:30 p.m.

During the argument, Morrison allegedly sprayed Wood with pepper spray, according to Washington.

Morrison then ordered her two children — who are fathered by Washington — to get into her car.

That’s when Morrison got into her car, backed up, and then rammed into Wood and her son, pinning them against a wall, according to Washington.

Deputies said she reversed her vehicle and then ran into the teen boy a second time, pushing him into a nearby bench.

Wood, who said she had never met Morrison, told deputies she didn’t see when she was hit because her eyes were sore from the pepper spray. But she heard her son and other people screaming.

After the incident, Morrison drove away at a “high rate of speed,” according to Washington.

Once deputies found Morrison, she told them she sprayed the pepper spray in self-defense because a woman she doesn’t know tried to hit her with a metal “thing.”

She also said her glasses fell off her face while trying to leave the scene. So she was unable to see where she was going, according to an arrest report.

Wood and her son suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the incident.

 

 
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