Belleview mom arrested for attempting to suffocate two-year-old; released next day

Belleview mom arrested for attempting to suffocate two-year-old; released next day

Belleview, Florida — A Belleview woman that was arrested on June 11, 2014, for attempting to suffocate her daughter was released on $2,000 bond just a day later. Jessica Lehman, 25, is accused of trying to suffocate her daughter nearly two years ago. Belleview Police Department Detective Ray Dwyer, discovered Lehman’s crime after she filed […]

Man throws baby across room

Man throws baby across room

Winter Haven, Florida — “This suspect admitted to smoking a blunt and a half of marijuana, staying up all night then becoming enraged enough to throw a baby across a room just because it was crying,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “This is just another example of marijuana abuse linked to child abuse.” In the pre-dawn […]

Video: Mom slaps child that is terrified of beach waves

Video: Mom slaps child that is terrified of beach waves

Virginia Beach, Virginia – Katherine Johnson, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, captured video of an unidentified woman “smacking” her child after the young boy expressed fear of incoming beach waves. In the video, you can hear the woman tell the child, “Shut-up, you getting on my damn nerves.” Johnson said she recorded the video so she […]

98 arrested in four day human trafficking/prostitution sting

98 arrested in four day human trafficking/prostitution sting

Polk County, Florida — At the conclusion of a four-day-long human trafficking/prostitution investigation, targeting online e-commerce sites related to men and women who were advertising to commit prostitution and who were soliciting others for prostitution, 98 suspects were arrested. Their charges ranged from Offering to Commit Lewdness in which the suspects either posted online ads, […]

Parents Leave 3-Year-Old Outside While They Party It Up

Parents Leave 3-Year-Old Outside While They Party It Up

Lakeland, Florida — Around 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 25-year-old Rhonda Branch, and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Antonio Allen, both of 2103 Reynolds Road in Lakeland, when their neighbors called PCSO to report a three-year-old toddler was locked out of the residence for over an hour, and was […]

Summerfield Man Arrested; Charged With Five Felonies

Summerfield Man Arrested; Charged With Five Felonies

Summerfield, Florida — Marion County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man and chargeg him with five felonies after they say he resisted after being handcuffed. On May 19, 2014, Deputy Douglas Watts responded to the 1400 block of SE 55 Avenue in reference to a domestic altercation. When Deputy Watts arrived on the scene he could […]

Local prostitute told undercover officer, no butt

Local prostitute told undercover officer, no butt

Ocala, Florida — On April 22, 2014, the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) conducted a “Prostitution” operation throughout Marion County, Florida. At approximately 4 p.m., an undercover officer posing as a “John” made contact with a female, later identified as Julie Reddick, 24, of Gainesville, in the area of South Pine Avenue. During the […]

Ocklawaha man charged with Capital Sexual Battery

Ocklawaha man charged with Capital Sexual Battery

Ocklawaha, Florida — On April 17, 2014, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a call in regards to a 10-year-old female juvenile that had been sexually assaulted between the dates of May 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013, by Michael Helmick, 38, of Ocklawaha. The victim stated that on one occasion, both she and Helmick […]

Crack mom gives birth; chews umbilical cord in half

Crack mom gives birth; chews umbilical cord in half

  Ocala, Florida — On April 12, 2014, Deputies Thomas and Lowrey responded to the Vacation Host Inn on South Pine Avenue in reference to an unresponsive newborn. A female, later identified as Chrystal Hassell, 37, had apparently given birth the baby while alone in her motel room and the baby was breathing intermittently. According […]

Man Punches Two Kids In Face At Church

Man Punches Two Kids In Face At Church

  Ocala, Florida — On April 6, 2014 multiple deputies responded to chaotic scene at St. Johns Catholic Church in reference to a battery, and were met by a group of people that spoke limited English. According to a witness, he (the witness) had exited the church and saw Hector Francia, 42, punching two juvenile […]

Ocala Man Wanted; Public’s Help Needed

Ocala Man Wanted; Public’s Help Needed

  Ocala, Florida — An arrest warrant has now been issued for an Ocala man on a charge of sexual assault on a child. 18-year-old Jon H. Wadkins is now wanted and on the run after the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office notified the Marion County Sheriff’s Office that Wadkins sexually assaulted a child while she […]

Increased Punishment For Sex Offenders In Florida Signed Into Law

Increased Punishment For Sex Offenders In Florida Signed Into Law

  Tallahassee, Florida — On April 1, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bills 522, 524, 526 and 528, which substantially strengthen protections against sex offenders. Protecting Florida’s most vulnerable from sexual offenders is a joint priority during the 2014 Legislative Session for Florida Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley […]

Deputy discovers man about to have sex with minor

Deputy discovers man about to have sex with minor

  Dunnellon, Florida — On March 28, 2014, a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy was on a routine patrol when he spotted a black SUV parked in the rear of the Rainbow Lakes Estates Community Center. When the deputy approached the SUV he discovered a 15-year-old girl inside with Dyane R. Ramkelawan, 27, of Ocala. According […]

Silver Springs Pervert Behind Bars

Silver Springs Pervert Behind Bars

  Ocala, Florida — Joseph James Doolittle, 27, of Silver Springs, has been charged with Lewd and Lascivious Molestation-Victim Under 12. The 9-year-old victim told detectives that Doolittle put his hand in her panties and touched her vagina. The victim stated that she told Doolittle to stop, at which time he tried to force his […]

26 Men Arrested In Sex Sting Involving Minors

26 Men Arrested In Sex Sting Involving Minors

    Seminole County — On March 24, 2014 the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office announced the results of Operation SafeNet, a multi-agency, undercover operation targeting individuals who use the internet to sexually exploit children. Law enforcement from 16 Central Florida agencies joined forces to arrest 26 individuals who traveled to and within Seminole County intending […]