child neglect

Milton mother retains custody in neglect case

Milton mother retains custody in neglect case

A Milton woman accused of felony neglect of her five children, ages 5, 7, 11, 12 and 14, will not lose custody of her children according to the Department of Children and Families (DCF). DCF closed their investigation April 30 said representative David Fierro. Read the full article in the May 16 issue of Navarre […]

‘Filthy’ home leads to Milton child neglect arrest

‘Filthy’ home leads to Milton child neglect arrest

A Milton woman was arrested for child neglect after deputies found her children living in filthy, roach-infested conditions. Jessica Nicole Stevenson, 33, was arrested April 18 on charges of child neglect for allegedly allowing her children to live in “extremely filthy” conditions and failing to provide clean clothes and food. One of the children’s teachers […]

Child abuse trauma leaves lifelong scars inside

Child abuse trauma leaves lifelong scars inside

Steven, a teen from Walla Walla, Washington, did what so many other teens do: He smoked weed and took an array of other drugs. He was put on probation for criminal offenses and, at the age of 17, he nearly killed himself from an overdose. This article is part of a series focused on National […]

A child cries out

A child cries out

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month Somewhere today, as you read this, a child is crying and desperately begging a parent or other family member to stop the beating. Cowered down in a protective fetal position crying and begging. Slaps to the head and face, hits to the arms or something worse, instilling a deep […]

Man threatens hotel manager with box cutter

Man threatens hotel manager with box cutter

Domestic violence, aggravated assault and child neglect are among the charges facing an Alabama man after an altercation March 27 at the Navarre Days Inn. Chris Alford, 29, of Opelika, Alabama faces multiple charges after he allegedly attacked his wife and threatened a hotel manager in a hotel room at the Days Inn in the presence […]

Pace man charged with battery, child neglect

Pace man charged with battery, child neglect

A Pace resident faces child neglect, kidnapping and domestic violence charges Monday, Sept. 12, after he forced his wife and 2-year-old daughter into his car and beat her on the side of the road in Pace. According to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office reports, Timothy McDaniels, 29, was driving a SUV at a high rate […]

Local child advocate recognized for excellence

Local child advocate recognized for excellence

Navarre volunteer child advocate Heather Pohlman received the Guardian Ad Litem Volunteer of the Year award for going “above and beyond” in representing and advocating for children in abuse and neglect dependency cases in South Santa Rosa County. Guardian Ad Litem, a state agency, services 250 children in Santa Rosa County, Child Advocate Manager II […]

FDLE arrests Pensacola man for online solicitation of a minor

FDLE arrests Pensacola man for online solicitation of a minor

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement yesterday arrested Robert Hardee, 24, 7219 Harding Drive, Pensacola, Florida for online solicitation of a child, transmitting harmful material to a minor and unlawful use of a two-way communications device.  Hardee was already serving probation on a 2015 child neglect conviction from Escambia County. Hardee began communicating […]

Man breaks car window to rescue child

Man breaks car window to rescue child

On Saturday, July 11, Santa Rosa County deputies were dispatched to the Gulf Breeze Wal-Mart on U.S. 98 for a complaint of a child locked in a vehicle with the windows closed. Police said witnesses saw a child, about 5 years old, sweating and crying. After failing to locate the driver, one of the men […]

Man in jail after toddler was found on 98

Man in jail after toddler was found on 98

A Gulf Breeze man is in jail after the toddler he was babysitting was found wandering near Highway 98 late Thursday morning. Dale Ray Manning, 50, of the 1800 block of Abercrombie Road, was arrested on a felony charge of child neglect, and is being held on $7,500 bond. According to Midway Fire District Lt. […]

Second suspect arrested in infant beating case

Second suspect arrested in infant beating case

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office reported June 13 that a second suspect has been arrested in a child abuse case in which an infant was severely beaten in a Milton area park. The report said that 27-year-old Angela Marie Morris of Milton was arrested June 13 and charged with child neglect without great bodily harm and perjury. She […]

Fort Walton Beach couple charged with child neglect

Fort Walton Beach couple charged with child neglect

A couple from Fort Walton Beach was charged April 1 for neglect of their three children, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release. Officers arrested Anthony Sosebee, 26, and his girlfriend Amanda Kaye Clayton, 24, after they found three children in their dirty home on Colton Way with no running water and evidence of […]