The Bizarre World of Florida

Sisters, 15 and 11, Accused Of Murdering Their 16-Year-Old Brother January 8, 2015


A 15-year-old girl who fatally shot her 16-year-old brother suffered years of abuse, including being locked in a room for weeks at a time with only a blanket and a bucket to use the bathroom, according to police reports and interviews.

6379502_GThe shooting at a small white house off a dirt road in rural north Florida happened Monday while the children’s parents were away for work. The father, a truck driver, and his wife, who often goes with him, left the 16-year-old boy to watch over the 15-year-old, her 11-year-old sister and their 3-year-old sister, police said. The parents left Sunday and were due back Tuesday.

Sometime Monday, the 15-year-old girl was locked in her room by her brother, police said. After the boy fell asleep, she talked her 11-year-old sister into unlocking her door.

The older girl then went outside and used a knife to remove an air conditioner from her parents’ bedroom window. She climbed in while her 11-year-old sister kept watch and grabbed a handgun, police said.

The girl went back inside the house, telling her young sisters to get in the closet, she told police. She turned her head and fired at her sleeping brother in the living room, and he screamed “Help! Help!”

She buried her head in a pillow for a while and upon returning to the living room, the girl found her 3-year-old sister trying to wake her dead brother, according to the police report.

She fled with her 11-year-old sister, leaving the 3-year-old behind, police said.

“It’s hard for us to get our arms around this act,” Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter said. “This is the stuff nightmares are made of.”

Police caught up with the girls after a friend of theirs received a “weird phone call” from the 11-year-old girl, saying she had run away and needed someone to pick her up from a Dollar General, according to a police report. When the woman arrived, she found the older sister there, too.

The older girl said something might have been wrong with another sibling at home. As she spoke, she applied makeup and “would not maintain eye contact and appeared emotionless,” officers wrote in a police report.

She soon started crying and told the officers that her brother had beaten her and that she had shot him.

When officers arrived at the home, the 3-year-old said: “he’s dead.” The brother’s body was lying near the fireplace, under a blanket with his head on a pillow.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting.

The girls’ mother told police that they often locked the 15-year-old girl up when she misbehaved. The longest they kept her locked in her room was 20 consecutive days, the father told police.

In the girl’s room, police found only a blanket and a bucket filled with urine in the closet.

“It was learned that (the 15-year-old girl) has made past attempts at ending her life but neither law enforcement nor (emergency management services) was notified,” police wrote in their report.

The girls are in being held in juvenile detention on suspicion of murder, and a prosecutor is trying to decide whether they will be charged as adults. Their parents face charges of child neglect and failing to supervise.

The 3-year-old is in the custody of child welfare officials.

Police documents released Wednesday said the girl’s uncle was convicted of molesting her in 2010. They also say the children’s mother discovered the siblings having sex in 2011. Authorities and child welfare officials investigated, but no one was charged.


Mom left infant sitting at bar while she danced

A woman who left her 1-year-old child sitting alone at a Boynton Beach bar was arrested Sunday, police said.

fl-boynton-drinking-mom-neglect-20150105-001Concerned customers at Banana Boat Lounge and Restaurant, at 739 E. Ocean Ave., told police a woman, later identified as Ashton Krauss, 28, of Ocean Ridge, went to an outdoor bar in the back of the restaurant at about 5:30 p.m. and put the child in a high chair.

After ordering a drink and food, Krauss left her table to dance and socialize as the child cried alone, according to the report.

Customers began asking Krauss to sit down with the child. She instead picked the child up and began spinning around before hitting a bar stool and falling down with the child landing on her, customers told police.

Customers and staff rushed in to try and help the woman and child but that caused Krauss to get angry, according to the report.

Police arrived and said Krauss was violent and belligerent. Officers found a half-empty, 16 oz. can of Michelob Ultra in her car’s center console and a closed 16 oz.-can of Angry Orchard cider beer in her purse, according to the report.

The woman’s uncle took custody of the child as Krauss was taken to jail.

Krauss is facing child neglect and disorderly conduct in an establishment charges and was booked into Palm Beach County Jail where she is held in lieu of $3,000 bail.


Kids left in car for hours after grown-ups jailed January 7, 2015


Three young children spent seven hours alone in a car in a Wal-Mart parking lot after their parents were arrested and accused of shoplifting at the store, authorities said.

According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Tosheba Hope, 30, and Gerald Moultrie, 24, were arrested about 7 p.m. Monday at the Wal-Mart, 3001 N. State Road 7, and accused of grand theft.

After being arrested, the two failed to mention that three children — ages 2, 7 and 9 — were waiting for them in their parked car, said Gina Carter, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. Hope is the mother of the three children; Moultrie is the father of one of them, she said.

The children were discovered about 2 a.m. Tuesday by a store employee who then searched for their parents inside the store. The children were upset and crying, but not physically hurt, Carter said.

When store employees couldn’t locate the parents inside, they alerted authorities, who then realized they had arrested the pair hours earlier, Carter said.

In a 911 recording released by the sheriff’s office Tuesday, a woman told the dispatcher that “the kids are calling for their mom.” Their voices barely audible on the recording, they are heard giving their ages to the woman who relayed the information to the dispatcher.

The 911 caller said announcements were made in the store and she “walked the store, walked the store, walked the store” in search of the mother. While reporting the abandoned children to 911, the woman offered them water, juice and chips.

On Tuesday, the children were in the care of relatives, according to Florida Department of Children and Families spokeswoman Paige Patterson-Hughes.

Hope, of Lauderhill, and Moultrie, of Miramar, were charged with grand theft, but it’s likely that they will also face child neglect charges, authorities said. The investigation is ongoing.

According to a sheriff’s arrest report, Hope and Moultrie picked up tools and vehicle accessories valued at $660 and failed to stop at a cash register to pay for them. As they left the store, a Wal-Mart employee stopped them, it said.
The two had a first-appearance court hearing Tuesday on the theft charges before Broward Judge John “Jay” Hurley. Both were released from jail without paying a bond. Attempts to reach the two by phone were unsuccessful.

Hope told the judge that she had three small children and was “probably pregnant” with another.


Couple Charged With Murder After Baby Found Starved To Death At Golden Corral January 2, 2015

The parents of a 22-day-old girl have been charged with murdering their child.
According to the Polk County, Florida Medical Examiner, the baby, Betsey Kee Stephens, “died of malnutrition as a result of starvation.”
Lakeland Police responded to assist emergency crews with an unresponsive infant at the Golden Corral located at 4705 US Hwy 98 North on Dec. 23. at 6:10 p.m.
Ruby-StephensThe baby’s parents, Ruby Stephens, 23, and Roy Stephens, 48, from Tennyson, Indiana, said they were in Lakeland visiting family.
Earlier in the day, they checked into the Comfort Inn located at 3520 US Hwy 98 North, according to police.  The mother told police she had checked Betsey’s feet and they appeared to be cold.  She covered them with a blanket.
The Stephens told police after checking into the hotel, they drove to the Golden Coral restaurant to meet family and have dinner.
After arriving at the restaurant, Ruby said she checked Betsey’s feet again.  She told police they were unusually cold and the infant did not respond.  She called 911.
Betsey was declared dead at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
The Stephens also had a 1-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl with them at the time of the incident.  Both children are now in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Preliminary investigation indicates Betsey was dead for over three hours before 911 was called.
Both parents are charged with first-degree murder.

Sandra Rivera Accused Of Attacking, Kidnapping Boy For Calling Her Daughter A Name December 15, 2014

Orlando police arrested a woman accused of attacking a boy at his elementary school, threatening to kill him and kidnapping him.

The incident happened Thursday after school at Eccleston Elementary near Bruton Boulevard in Orlando.

Local 6 spoke to the 11-year-old boy and his mother, Ana Baez.

Sandra-RiveraAccording to the arrest affidavit, Orlando police say 28-year-old Sandra Rivera went to the school waiting to confront the fifth-grader because she said he called her 9-year-old a curse word.

Baez says she saw video of the incident that was captured on the school’s security cameras.

“When I saw the video, I said no mercy, she’s going to jail,” Baez said.

The 11-year-old says he was on his bike at the school when Rivera came up and threw him off.

“She slammed me into the wall and then she came behind me and started choking me and hitting me on the head,” the boy said.

Police say Rivera then threw his bike in her van and forced him to get inside.

“She told me ‘tell me the instructions to your house or I’ll kill you,'” he said.

The fifth-grader says Rivera drove him home and then admitted to Baez what she had done.

“Even if my son called your daughter a name, you come and you tell me,” Baez said. “You don’t go and grab the child and try and kill him. You’re an adult.”

Baez called the school to see what had happened and school officials told her they were notifying police and the Department of Children and Families.

Rivera was charged with battery and kidnapping, and bonded out of the Orange County Jail on Friday. No one answered the door when Local 6 stopped by.

Baez says her son is doing fine physically, but the emotional trauma has taken its toll. She says he’s having trouble eating and sleeping.

“I’m actually scared she might come back for me, for calling the police,” said the fifth-grader.

For now, Baez says, her son will be getting rides to and from school.

Local 6 has requested a copy of the school surveillance video from police.


Dad passed out in car with son left in backseat December 9, 2014

An East Naples dad is accused of passing out drunk behind the wheel with his five-year-old son in the back seat.

6153645_GCollier County Deputies say Yuri Sanchez passed out at a green light Saturday night along Rattlesnake Hammock Road near Collier Boulevard.

Investigators say Sanchez woke up and took off when Good Samaritans approached his Honda and called 911.

Deputies say Sanchez then headed north on Collier Boulevard but he was driving in the southbound lanes.  Deputies managed to catch up to him a short time later.

It was determined through sobriety tests that Sanchez had a blood alcohol level of point-one.nine.

In addition to the the DUI charge, Sanchez faces a child neglect without bodily harm charge.  The child too, was unrestrained in the back seat.


Sex Predator Charged With Murder Of Woman And Molestation Of Her Daughter December 8, 2014

Filed under: Child Abuse,Dangerous Nut,Death,Disgusting,Sad Story,Scary,Sick,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:08 pm

After an overnight manhunt, a person of interest in the death of a woman and abduction and sexual assault of her 10-year-old daughter in Middleburg was taken into custody by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Donald-Davidson1Donald Davidson Jr., 34, is a registered sexual predator who was released from prison in September on charges of lewd and lascivious act on a child younger than 12 in 2004 and aggravated battery on a pregnant woman in 2010.

Deputies said the victim, 37-year-old Roseanne Welsh, was found dead by her son Monday inside her home, located at 4829 Mayflower St.

“Upon arrival, the 13-year-old son who resides there discovered his mother deceased. He was the one who contacted the Sheriff’s Office,” said Lt. Wayne McKinney.

After the initial investigation, foul play was suspected in Welsh’s death, and deputies said Davidson was a person of interest, not only in the death of Welsh, but the abduction of her daughter.

“While we were there, the 10-year-old approached us on one of the cross streets up from the residence,” McKinney said. “She ID’d [Davidson] as a family friend. According to her info, there was an incident inside the house. She was abducted from the scene and taken to different locations for a brief period of time, at which time she was again brought back somewhere in the general vicinity and dropped off, at which point she saw the sheriff’s deputies, approached the vehicles and contacted us.”

A vehicle that belongs to Welsh’s family disappeared from the home, and deputies said they believe Davidson had it in his possession. When deputies found out Davidson had removed his tracking device that was on his ankle, a manhunt ensued.

“We want to make sure that we make very clear to all the citizens that he is a very dangerous subject,” McKinney said. “He was a parolee, he was under supervised probation.”

Davidson was taken into custody at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in Clay County. Detectives found him on Blanding Boulevard near Jefferson Avenue in Orange Park.

He was spotted driving the stolen minivan and a traffic stop was conducted, according to deputies.

Deputies said he was taken into custody without incident and is being questioned. He will be transported later to the Clay County jail, and charges are pending the outcome of the investigation, according to deputies.

Davidson has prior convictions, including aggravated battery and sexual battery.



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