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Do Parents who use Force to Discipline their Children in Florida Run the risk of committing a Crime?

Do Parents who use Force to Discipline their Children in Florida Run the risk of committing a Crime?

In Florida, corporal punishment of the child is legal, lawful and expected from the parent. Corporal punishment is what most people refer to as a spanking. The legislatures of Florida have laws on the books that allow “spanking” of the child, to discipline the child. The Bible specifically states: “Spare the rod, spoil the child.” So, the Florida Legislatures, along with God, have recognized that “spanking” of a child is not only recommended but required from the parent, to properly raise and rear the child. So, now that you understand the Law and the Privilege that exist in the Laws of Florida, to spank or use corporal punish on a child, you have to ask when a spanking becomes unlawful. Florida Law does not allow or prohibits a parent or… […]

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Abusive Behavior and Violence is a Deliberate Choice

Abusive Behavior and Violence is a Deliberate Choice

A dispute or a continued pattern of harmful behavior within a relationship can lead to domestic violence. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. Aid to Victims Of Domestic Abuse, Inc (AVDA) reports the following staggering figures on domestic violence abuse: ¨      One in three women nationally will report domestic violence in her lifetime. ¨      On average, more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in this country every day. ¨      One in five teens reports having been hit, slapped, or pushed by a partner. While there may be a distinction between the terms domestic violence and domestic abuse, legal penalties carry the same charges. Domestic abuse, also known as spousal abuse, occurs when one person… […]

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Miami Dolphins Receiver Involved In Child Abuse Case

Miami Dolphins Receiver Involved In Child Abuse Case

Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper was released from jail Thursday, charged after police say he beat his 17-year-old son during a series of fights at their Jacksonville home. Duper, who starred for the Dolphins from 1982 to 1992, spent a night in jail after his arrest Wednesday on one count of felony child abuse. He was released Thursday afternoon after posting a $5,000 bail, police in Jacksonville said. Authorities say Duper attacked his son, Marcus, three times and knocked him out twice. Former Dolphins defensive end Hugh Green told The Associated Press by telephone that he witnessed the brawls. He said Marcus Duper started the fights, thinking he could “beat his father.” Green and his 18-year-old son had stopped to visit Duper and his son after attending a… […]

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Department of Children and Families Case Worker Accused of Falsifying Documents

Department of Children and Families Case Worker Accused of Falsifying Documents

The Florida Department of Children and Families is the state agency charged with the responsibility of protecting abused and neglected children, elderly, and the disabled. We often hear stories about DCF investigations involving child abuse or neglect, and how these children are taken away from their homes for fear of their safety or even their lives. As a community, we put our trust and faith into this organization to protect children from perilous situations. Unfortunately, the Florida DCF is receiving some heat as a case worker has been accused of falsifying documents and not fulfilling her duties. DCF Under Investiagtion According to WPTV News, Maria Clacher, 49, a case manager working for a state DCF subcontractor was arrested Monday on a felony charge. She has been accused of falsifying records… […]

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Facebook Leads to Arrest of Mom Charged with Child Abuse

Facebook Leads to Arrest of Mom Charged with Child Abuse

Facebook has become a daily part of many people’s lives. Law enforcement is now using the social media site more often to catch criminals. Over a year ago, Facebook was used to track down a mother and daughter who repeatedly committed animal cruelty crimes against a pig, and posted a video of the act. Now, an Orange County mother has been arrested on charges of child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor due to another video on Facebook. Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor The legal definition of contributing to the delinquency of a minor can include anything done by an adult that would allow or encourage illegal behavior by a person under the age of 18. It is also considered contributing to the delinquency of… […]

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How a Mother of an Obese Third-Grader was Charged with Child Neglect

How a Mother of an Obese Third-Grader was Charged with Child Neglect

Child abuse can come in many different forms. Some forms of child abuse include but are not limited to: child neglect, sexual abuse, and sexual exploitation. As the obesity rate in America continues to increase, parents of severely overweight children are beginning to be questioned and even criminally charged with child neglect. If you are a parent of a child medically determined to be obese, you may need to consult a criminal defense lawyer because there is a possibility you could be charged with child neglect. Child Neglect According to Florida Law Child neglect is defined as: “When a child is deprived of, or is allowed to be deprived of, necessary food, clothing, shelter, or medical treatment or a child is permitted to live in an environment when such deprivation… […]

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Who Reports Child Abuse?

Who Reports Child Abuse?

Child abuse or neglect in Florida is an extremely serious crime. If you are accused of child abuse, you could be facing a serious misdemeanor or felony charge. A child in the state of Florida is defined as someone under the age of 18 years old. Abuse can be anything from physical harm, sexual harm, emotional harm, or even the threat of imminent danger. Child abuse is usually reported when a witness of some kind reports suspicion to the Department of Children and Families. Child Abuse in Boynton Beach According to WPTV News, a man in Boynton Beach was arrested on Monday and charged with child abuse. He was caught by surveillance cameras punching his daughter in the eye by Boynton Beach High School. Terry Devon Adderley, 35, posted a… […]

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Why Child Abuse and Alcoholism Go Hand in Hand

Why Child Abuse and Alcoholism Go Hand in Hand

When a parent is charged with child abuse, there are usually several factors involved in the crime. All too often, alcohol or drug abuse is the common denominator. Child abuse is an extremely serious crime but parents may not even realize they are putting their children in harms way because their judgment is so impaired by the substances they choose to take. One man in Michigan is being charged with felony child abuse for letting his daughter be his designated driver. His daughter is nine years old. Child Abuse and Alcohol According to WPTV News, a Michigan father is facing felony child abuse charges after police say he had his nine-year-old daughter drive his van while he was allegedly intoxicated in the passenger seat. Surveillance video from a gas stations… […]

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How Drug Possession can Result in Child Neglect Charges

How Drug Possession can Result in Child Neglect Charges

More often than not, when a person is accused of committing a crime, there is usually more than one crime in question. Many crimes do not have very significant sentences but what usually lands people in prison for long periods of time is being convicted of multiple crimes at once. A Port St. Lucie woman learned that difficult lesson Sunday after being charged with both felony drug possession and felony child neglect. While unfortunate, it is common for drug use and child neglect go hand in hand. Many parents that are accused of child neglect or abuse often do so because of other extraneous issues such as drug or alcohol dependency. Drug Possession and Child Neglect in South Florida According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, a woman… […]

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What is the Sentence for Child Abuse?

What is the Sentence for Child Abuse?

Crimes committed against children are a heinous but unfortunately realistic part of our society. A lot of times, when a parent is arrested on child abuse charges, it is not the first time that parent has been investigated by the Department of Children and Families. Investigations are usually conducted after a teacher, neighbor, or family member reports suspicion to the authorities. Child Abuse in the Name of Discipline According to the following article from the Palm Beach Post, a mother was arrested for biting her son: LAKELAND, FLA. — A Lakeland mother has been arrested for child abuse after family members said she bit her son. Police investigated 26-year-old Ann Marie Kane after Department of Children and Families officials reported three adult-sized bite marks on her son. According to an arrest… […]

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