Three-year-old was living with feces and urine throughout residence

Three-year-old was living with feces and urine throughout residence

Marion County Officials said they removed 56 dogs from a home, located at 931 Northeast 12th Avenue. Ocala Police said that a three-year-old child had been living in the urine and feces-filled residence. On October 5, OPD received a call in which the caller reported that there was a foul smell coming from the residence. […]

Case in legal review after man files false DCF report

Case in legal review after man files false DCF report

The Florida Department of Children and Families is currently reviewing a formal complaint to bring felony charges against Walter Ravon Dawson, 48, also known as Ray Dawson, of Orlando after he filed false reports against a Marion County man. Dawson told DCF that the father of three had injected drugs into his wife, forced wine […]

Boy beaten by father while handcuffed

Boy beaten by father while handcuffed

Ocala, Florida — Ocala police say they arrested an Ocala man after a grandmother reported that her grandson had been physically abused by his father. The grandmother reported the abuse to the Starke Police Department, who in turn reported it to the Department of Children and Families. DCF then contacted the Ocala Police Department. OPD […]

Jealous rage lands woman in jail

Jealous rage lands woman in jail

Ocala, Florida — A 29-year-old woman was arrested Thursday and charged with multiple felonies. Ocala police said Melissa Keil had been separated from her husband for approximately three months. Police said that while the two were separated, Melissa began to suspect that her husband had started a sexual relationship with a 16-year old girl. According […]

Witness saved girl from being attacked by her father while in traffic

Witness saved girl from being attacked by her father while in traffic

Ocala, Florida — Ocala police say a witness called 911 after she witnessed a man beating on a teenage girl while stopped in the middle of traffic. The witness told dispatchers that she saw the man punch the girl in the face with his fist. The victim, 16, told police that she had been disciplined for her behavior […]

Father arrested for child abuse, 4-month-old suffered severe injuries

Father arrested for child abuse, 4-month-old suffered severe injuries

Ocala, Florida — A 32-year-old man accused of beating his 4-month-old daughter was released from Jail Friday on a $10,000 bond. Investigators with the Ocala Police Department were notified by the Department of Children and Families after UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital reported that the baby had a broken femur. Doctors with Shands told authorities […]

Girl ran away from drug use, returned home, attacked

Girl ran away from drug use, returned home, attacked

Ocala, Florida — On March 13, 2017, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence after a juvenile reported that she had been battered. The juvenile told the responding deputy that she had not been home in two days because her mother and her mother’s boyfriend, Robert Louis Young, 35, had been heavily using […]

Children locked in car, mom in bar drinking

Children locked in car, mom in bar drinking

A Umatilla women was arrested and charged with two counts of Child Neglect after she locked two small children in a car parked outside a bar while she was inside drinking. Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to Kat’s Krazy 8 Bar, located at 20290 Southeast 142 Place, after a caller reported two small children locked […]

Man put cigarette out on girl’s head

Man put cigarette out on girl’s head

Marion County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man they say battered a 16-year-old girl. Deputies responded to the 5700 block of Southeast 164th Avenue, Ocklawaha, following reports of child abuse. The juvenile told deputies that Jimmie Driskell, 43, grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the ground. She said Driskell then punched her in […]

Belleview man faces felony charges following road rage incident

Belleview man faces felony charges following road rage incident

The Florida Highway Patrol responded to Southeast 112th Lane, just west of County Road 25A, after a caller reported a road rage incident. Troopers say two victims were riding their bicycles northbound on County Road 25A in the northbound travel lane close to the white line, when a pickup truck, driven by Michael A. Izzo, […]

Child abuse arrest, juvenile suffered multiple bruises

"He did not go to school because he 'runs' his mouth."

Child abuse arrest, juvenile suffered multiple bruises

A man told a Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy that he hit a juvenile several times with a belt because he had “reached his boiling point”. A MCSO deputy and a Department of Children and Families investigator responded to the 1900 block of Northeast 50th Place after someone reported that a juvenile had been physically abused. […]

Woman charged with Aggravated Child Abuse, worked with children at local daycare

Woman charged with Aggravated Child Abuse, worked with children at local daycare

Ocala, Florida — A Building Blocks daycare teacher was arrested after an investigation revealed she had been physically abusing a juvenile who was living with her. Ocala Police Department investigators received a call about a juvenile female who had been battered. Upon arrival, police realized that the victim only spoke Spanish and requested an interpreter. The […]

Good Samaritan saved 4-year-old child

"She should have never left me in charge of [the victim.] Man, I would never have trusted me to watch any kids."

Good Samaritan saved 4-year-old child

Ocala, Florida — A Good Samaritan saved a 4-year-old child Friday from being hit by a car. The Good Samaritan was driving in 3100 block of Southeast 95th Street, when she saw the child running in the roadway. The witness said the child was nearly hit by several vehicles before she stopped her car and rescued […]

Florida Youth Ranch now has custody of 10-year-old homicide suspect

Florida Youth Ranch now has custody of 10-year-old homicide suspect

Ocala, Florida — A 10-year-old boy who was arrested and charged with manslaughter was released by a judge on Friday. Berhaun was released into the custody Heart of Florida Youth Ranch. The judge said that Berhaun cannot be left unsupervised, namely with children who are younger than him. Marion County sheriff’s detectives say they arrested […]

Marion County Sheriff’s Office patrol volunteer arrested

Marion County Sheriff’s Office patrol volunteer arrested

Ocala, Florida — A Marion County Sheriff’s Office patrol volunteer was arrested after he repeatedly struck a female child in the face. On September 13, deputies responded to the Marion Oaks Subdivision in reference to a battery on a child. The incident began on September 12, after the young girl had walked the family’s dog. According to reports, the […]

10-year-old charged with homicide of family member

10-year-old charged with homicide of family member

Silver Springs Shores – A 10-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday and charged with Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child. Marion County sheriff’s detectives say they arrested Berhaun Blyden for the death of his 2-year-old cousin, Journee Blyden. Timeline of the events On June 21, 2016, Journees’s aunt, Brea Blyden, called 911 and stated that her niece […]

Marion Oaks man arrested, struck woman and three children

Marion Oaks man arrested, struck woman and three children

Marion Oaks — Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Doody, and his trainee, Deputy O’Leary, responded to a Marion Oaks home in reference to a battery. Corporal Doody met with a female victim who stated that Mackonenn Greenland, 30, had beaten her three children with a phone charger. When the female told Greenland that she was going […]

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