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 […]

Man was shooting heroin, overdosed on playground while child present

Man was shooting heroin, overdosed on playground while child present

Ocala, Florida — A small child was roaming the Day’s Inn, located at 3811 Northwest Blitchton Road, while the father was passed out on the playground. At approximately 8:45 p.m., Tuesday, a Good Samaritan called Ocala police and stated that a child was “roaming the area” and that, the father was asleep on the playground. […]

Mother tried to evade arrest, left child behind

Mother tried to evade arrest, left child behind

Ocala, Florida—The Ocala Police Department arrested a woman who left her child behind when confronted over stolen merchandise at the Wal-Mart, located at 4980 East Silver Springs Boulevard. According to reports, a Wal-Mart loss prevention officer witnessed a woman, later identified as Kelly L. Wevodau, 35, putting merchandise into a large flat purse. Surveillance showed […]

Man arrested for DUI, DCF investigators now involved

Man arrested for DUI, DCF investigators now involved

Ocala, Florida — A man arrested for DUI is now facing a Department of Children and Families investigation. Denver D. Patterson, 29, was stopped by a Marion County sheriff’s deputy after he crossed over the double yellow line while heading eastbound on Northeast 35th Street. Patterson veered into oncoming traffic and nearly struck another vehicle […]

Woman, 25, wanted on multiple warrants

Woman, 25,  wanted on multiple warrants

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala woman, who has multiple active warrants for her arrest, is still on the run. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating Melissa L. Snyder, 25, of Ocala. Snyder currently has active warrants for Failure to Appear (FTA) on various criminal charges. Snyder also has […]

Couple arrested after video showed baby with gun

Couple arrested after video showed baby with gun

Evansville, Indiana — An Indiana couple was arrested on multiple charges after police found cellphone videos of a baby playing with a .40 caliber handgun. According to police, the video was discovered during an investigation in which Michael Barnes, 19, attempted to sell a firearm to an undercover Evansville police officer. After Barnes was arrested, […]

Twin toddlers removed from house of stench and filth

Twin toddlers removed from house of stench and filth

Venice, Florida — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a couple who allegedly lived with their 2-year-old twin girls in a home of feces, stench, and filth. Deputies responded to the residence on Briarwood Road after the alleged victim, Elizabeth Davis, 32, called 911 and stated that her boyfriend, Wesley Benoit, 35, threatened to […]

Baby ingested methadone pill

Baby ingested methadone pill

  Lakeland, Florida — On Friday, September 19, 2014, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives arrested 34-year-old Shawn Cross of 5417 Rebecca Lane in Lakeland, and charged him with one count of Possession of Controlled Substance and one count Child Neglect. According to the affidavit , Cross purchased four (4) methadone prescription pills […]

Pro-Bowl running back Adrian Peterson facing arrest

Pro-Bowl running back Adrian Peterson facing arrest

Minnesota Vikings Pro-Bowl running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on charges of reckless and negligent injury to a child and a warrant for his arrest has been issued by a Montgomery, Texas, grand jury. Adrian Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said that Peterson used the same type of discipline on his child that he experienced growing […]

Father leaves kids in car while inside a bar

Father leaves kids in car while inside a bar

  Ocala, Florida — The Ocala Police Department said convicted felon, Joshua Keith DeLong, 28, left his three children — ages five, seven, and eight — in his Cadillac for four hours while he was inside Dr. B’s drinking. According to the arrest affidavit, when Officer A. Colon arrived on the scene, DeLong was lying […]

Childcare center under investigation after 2-year-old wanders off

Childcare center under investigation after 2-year-old wanders off

Ocala, Florida — Crossroads Church and Childcare Center is now under investigation after a 2-year-old was found wandering alone by a retention pond. On July 9, 2014, Jessie Estock called the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after arriving at Crossroads Church and Childcare Center to pick up his son Braydon, and found him wandering on the […]

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 […]

Christy Bostic-Petrain Charged With Child Neglect

Christy Bostic-Petrain Charged With Child Neglect

  New Smyrna, Florida — On December 16, 2013 at approximately 1:38 p.m., a witness contacted the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and advised she observed an intoxicated person operating a motor vehicle with a juvenile inside. The witness stated she pulled into the Walmart parking lot at 3155 SR 44, New Smyrna Beach and parked […]

Officer Teacher Attorney And Others On Naughty List

Officer Teacher Attorney And Others On Naughty List

  Polk County, Florida — This is one naughty list even Santa can’t forgive. Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives conducted a four day prostitution investigation that resulted in the arrests of 80 suspects on a variety of charges, including Soliciting for Prostitution, Soliciting Another to Commit a Lewd Act, Deriving Support/Proceeds from Prostitution, and Aiding/Abetting […]