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How Aggravated Battery Charges Turned into First Degree Arson Charges

How Aggravated Battery Charges Turned into First Degree Arson Charges

According to an article in WPTV News, a Palm Beach County man faces several felony charges for attempting to light his girlfriend on fire and stabbing her when the lighter didn’t work. He is facing charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson, and aggravated battery. The Crime Aggravated battery, or just battery, is the most common charge that results from domestic disputes that get out of control. Arson, however, is quite so common a result. According to the article, the woman who remained unnamed in the police report, claimed that she asked her boyfriend to move out a couple of days ago because he was not paying any bills. A few days later the woman said she got up when she heard a noise while sleeping, saw her front door… […]

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How Drug Addiction Can Cost You Your Children – Part 2

How Drug Addiction Can Cost You Your Children – Part 2

Child neglect is one of the most emotionally straining charges to be faces with. When a parent is charged with child neglect there is so much more at stake than the parent’s reputation and freedom because the victim is a child. Children are unable to fend for themselves and when parents neglect their children, the consequences for both the child and the parent are severe. Drugs can cause child neglect In an unfortunate case reported by WJXT in Jacksonville, the parents of two young girls have been arrested for leaving them to fend for themselves in a tent in the woods behind their home. The couple left to receive treatment at a methadone clinic in Gainesville and also visited a blood plasma center. Deputies report the girls, ages 3 and… […]

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What Do I Do if I’m Charged with Child Abuse?

What Do I Do if I’m Charged with Child Abuse?

Last week, WPTV News posted an article describing the death of a 3-year-old boy caused by blunt force trauma. The tragic part of this case is that the trauma was a result of child abuse. The article read: a woman and her boyfriend are accused of the beating death of her 3-year-old son after he wet his pants. Authorities say 26-year-old Robin Greinke and 33-year-old Steven Neil were arrested Thursday. They each face charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and child neglect. Orange County Sheriff’s investigators say Noah Fake died Tuesday morning. An autopsy revealed blunt force trauma to the boy’s head. Officials say the mother confessed to the attack after being confronted with autopsy results. The woman told deputies she was concerned about her son, but ate pizza… […]

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What Happens When Child Abuse is Reported?

What Happens When Child Abuse is Reported?

Child abuse is a crime not often reported by the victim. In many cases, teachers, neighbors, and other friends of the family are the ones to report suspected child abuse. Once reported, the investigation process is thorough and exhausting. According to WPTV News, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Amber Koebernik for aggravated child abuse with serious bodily injury on Thursday, March 10th. Earlier in the week, deputies arrived at Raulerson Hospital, in reference to a Department of Children and Families investigation. Hospital personnel informed the authorities that the child had arrived with three fractured ribs, a bruised liver, and a punctured lung. In an interview, Koebernik said the child felt warm, as if she had a fever, and was advised by her father to call 911 for an ambulance.… […]

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How Giving Pills to Minors can be Child Abuse

How Giving Pills to Minors can be Child Abuse

According to an article in WPTV News, a 37-year-old Ft. Pierce woman accused of giving prescription pills to a 16-year-old girl was held Monday in the St. Lucie County jail, according to an arrest affidavit and a jail official. Lisa Bennett, of the 5900 block of Hickory Drive in Fort Pierce, was arrested last week on charges including dispensing a prescription without a license, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and child abuse. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a case involving alprazolam at Port St. Lucie High School. The 16-year-old girl suspected in the case said her mother’s “live-in friend” — Bennett — gave her five pills to sell at school. Found at her home, Bennett showed a sheriff’s official a valid prescription for alprazolam, which… […]

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How Leaving Your Child Alone For A Few Minutes Can Result in Child Neglect Charges

How Leaving Your Child Alone For A Few Minutes Can Result in Child Neglect Charges

According to a Palm Beach Post article, a Boynton Beach man has been arrested on child neglect charges after his 4-year-old son was found wandering in the street wearing nothing but sweat pants, a t-shirt, and no shoes on a 30-degree night. Romilus Duvelsaint was charged with child neglect. His son was found when a passing motorist saw the boy in the road and stopped. The boy was uninjured and the motorist put the boy in the car until Boynton Beach Police arrived on the scene. The boy gave directions to his house to the officers and when police arrived at his home, family members claimed they had no idea the child was supposed to be home. Duvelsaint arrived in the mean time, and claimed that when he left the… […]

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How Grandma Who Tried to Sell Baby Posted Bail

How Grandma Who Tried to Sell Baby Posted Bail

The central Florida grandmother who tried to sell her daughter’s baby is now out on bail. It is unclear who posted her $100,000 bail and allowed her to leave the Volusia County Branch Jail Sunday. Patty Bigbee, 45, is accused of attempted to sell her 2-month-old grandson for $30,000. She was arrested in Daytona in November for the illegal sale of a child when she handed the 2-month-old over to a Tampa area couple in a shopping center parking lot. Jail officials say Bigbee’s boyfriend, 42-year-old Lawrence Works, remains in jail with no bail allowed. Works is charged with being a principal to the sale of a child. The child’s 21-year-old mother is being held in the Orange County jail on unrelated fraud charges. The baby is in state custody.… […]

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How A Woman Was Barely Sentenced For Abusing Her Mother

How A Woman Was Barely Sentenced For Abusing Her Mother

A Greenacres woman accused of abusing and stealing money from her own mother faced a judge Monday morning. Jessica Rampersadsingh was sentenced to six years of probation and is now required to pay $25,000 in restitution. That is a small fraction of the amount she’s accused of stealing from her elderly mother. Last year, Rampersadsingh was arrested and accused of draining her mother’s bank account of $140,000 in the course of 8 months. Investigators say she would give her mother medication, then get her to write checks, allegedly threatening to throw the handicapped woman on the street if she didn’t do as told. In the meantime, investigators claim Rampersadsingh badly abused her mother. According to a police report, “Jessica stopped buying food at the grocery store, stopped bathing her and… […]

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How A Food Fight Turned Into Domestic Battery

How A Food Fight Turned Into Domestic Battery

A recently published article in WPTV News describes a curious little case that involved throwing food and domestic battery. A man accused of throwing a mustard-covered corn dog that hit his live-in girlfriend during a weekend quarrel faces misdemeanor charges, according to a recently released arrest affidavit. Fort Pierce police arrested Tommie Lee Mckeliver, 48, on Saturday after his girlfriend told investigators he “got mad at her and threw a paper plate that contained a mustard covered State Fair corn dog on it.” The corn dog crashed into her chest area, leaving her “coated” in mustard. “(The girlfriend) stunned by the situation then found herself being pushed out of the room, and (the) door locked behind her,” the affidavit states. The alleged corn dog attack happened shortly before 2 p.m.… […]

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Why is Domestic Violence Increasing in West Palm Beach?

Why is Domestic Violence Increasing in West Palm Beach?

According to an article in WPTV News Channel 5, Slobodan Dragic of Suburban West Palm Beach was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly shooting and killing his wife, Jelena Dragic. The shooting happened at 692 Harth Drive in Suburban West Palm Beach. It was shocking to neighbors like Charles Lowe. “Anything could happen anywhere, you know what I mean? Who knows what the real story behind it was. Obviously the guy was going through something,” said Lowe. Dragic apparently shot his wife after an argument. He was caught a short time later at Dreher park by sheriff’s deputies. This is the third domestic violence murder in Palm Beach County in under a week. Even the county victim services division is taken back. “It just brings to light how vulnerable our domestic… […]

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