When Jennifer Ann Lee, 29, was found passed out behind the wheel at an intersection in Bradenton, Florida, she told a police officer that, "It happens." Well, yeah, when you've been huffing whippets all day all sorts of crazy things happen.
Florida, we have an epidemic, and it's time that the suits up in Tallahassee did something about it. Riptide is urging Rick Scott and our state legislature to pass a comprehensive law mandating that all strip clubs include an attached child care center, because stories of people leaving their kids l ... More >>
Aisha Jean Clark apparently comes from the Michael Jackson school of baby rearing. The Tampa woman was arrested on charges of child neglect after she put a photo of herself dangling a baby boy over a balcony that was 12 feet off the ground on Instagram.
Leaving a 3-year-old home alone: bad. Leaving a 3-year-old home alone with the door open so the child can wander the hallways of your apartment building: very bad. Leaving a 3-year-old home alone with the door open in an apartment packed full of assault rifles, a grenade, and ammo: next-level, very, ... More >>
Ashley Taylor Wright used her own three-month-old baby as her first line of defense against an officer who was trying to arrest her for shoplifting. Instead, she was still arrested and charged with the additional crime of child abuse.
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke speaks up for neglected, abused children. It's time to abolish or overhaul the Florida Department of Children and Families, the ... More >>
What is going on down here? First we got newlyweds getting arrested for trying to meet a hooker on their honeymoon, and now we've got moms abandoning their kids at bars to go on a drunken boat trip on Mother's Day. Special occasions: You're doing it wrong, Florida. Billie Jean Williams, 27, and Ma ... More >>
A 12-year-old boy in Miami Beach might have been the happiest person ever to spot Jehovah's Witnesses. They found him tied to a pole after his dad decided to try out some unorthodox parenting techniques and left him there while he went shopping.
It's a damn shame that pit bulls are banned in Miami-Dade County, because in the rest of the state they're the hot new babysitting trend. Forget teenage girls with braces. A pit bull is never going to eat all your chips, charge pay-per-view movies to your cable bill, or sneak her boyfriend in after ... More >>
A 6-year-old boy woke up in his Miami apartment this morning to realize he was all alone. So he grabbed a wooden duck, smashed a window, started walking the streets and flagged down a man for help. It turned out that his mom had snuck out after midnight and had been hanging out with her friends.
See also "Four Miami Pimps Arrested For Luring Foster Care Children Into Prostitution."Though no formal charges had yet been filed against Florida Department of Children and Families worker Daniel LaCroix, the 46-year-old man was arrested on Saturday for trying to flee the country after his name cam ... More >>
Two Sarasota grandparents found themselves behind bars after hitching their 7-year-old granddaughter's plastic Hot Wheels car to the back of their SUV and taking her for a ride. We could totally understand how, to a 7-year-old, this would seem like an awesome idea. But two adults probably should hav ... More >>
Tavon Mahlab now faces first-degree murder charges after his four-month-old son has died. Mahlab was arrested three weeks ago for allegedly beating the child so badly the infant was placed on life support. The 30-year-old North Miami man was already being held in jail with no bond.
The small Panhandle town of Crestview is evidently home to the most despicable bunch of parents and guardians in all of Florida. Yesterday, a woman from the burg of 20,000 was booked for trying to run over her ex-husband while screaming that her daughters were going to grow up to be "strippers."T ... More >>
With news this morning that Penn State coach Joe Paterno has died of lung cancer, I am reposting this column from last November. The scandal, it's now clear, killed the master at age 85.Enough already. This lunacy is past crazy.Joe Paterno, an icon of sport, was fired as coach of the Penn State foot ... More >>
"Take your child to work day" is not recommended for prostitutes. Thirty-year-old Leah Wiley of Volusia County found that out the hard way. Wiley was allegedly paid to have sex with a man, 23-year-old Carlos Rivera, at a party, but didn't finish the act. Rivera got so angry that he decided to ki ... More >>
A local jury has returned a $100 million judgment in a civil lawsuit against Rev. Neil Dohetry, a former Catholic priest with the Archdiocese of Miami. Although the money might be impossible to collect, the judgment is the biggest ever levied in a case concerning the sexual abuse of children ... More >>
Nathan Sikkenga was charged with child endangerment, but not for taking his son to Disney WorldFlorida has a knack of bringing out the best in people.Take the Sikkenga family from Gillete, Wyoming. In all-American fashion, 31-year-old Nathan Sikkenga had driven his wife and 9-year-old son cross-c ... More >>
David Andrew Shawfield left his three young children in a hot car. After being arrested for child neglect, Shawfield not only yelled at the children, but also asked one of his friends not to bail him out because he "could use a vacation" behind bars. Yeah, and you thought your dad was a dick some ... More >>
Jacqui Colyer, the Miami regional director for the Department of Children and Families, has resigned just a little over two years since taking the job. Her department and handling of the job came under fire after the body of 10-year-old Nubia Barahona was found stuffed in a bag, covered in chemi ... More >>
Hialeah PoliceAs it turns out, a Hialeah father who was arrested yesterday when his bruised toddler was found wandering down 74th Street alone might not be a very nice guy.Thirty-one-year-old Carlos Aybar Oliveras is now in jail on $20,000 bond, WSVN reports, and the girl's mother, Jessica Pinon, ... More >>
Lee Willie DeJesus, a 25-year-old father from Homestead, was put behind bars last August after allegedly killing his two-year-old son during "boxing lessons". He spent the rest of his life there. On Saturday DeJesus was found hanging from his own bed sheets at the Miami-Dade jail.
via WSVNWe don't want to say that all strippers are bad mothers. Some of them are just trying to put food on the table for their kids, but we're not all that surprised that a Hialeah exotic dancer has been arrested after her toddler was found roaming the streets while she sat passed out at h ... More >>
More details continue to emerge in the disturbing and sad case of 2-and-half-year-old Elijah Collins, the boy who was found not breathing in a motel room with feces, urine, a dead animal, and other filth. The boy's parents -- Vincent Collins, 25, and Savannah Sholter, 21 -- remain behind bar ... More >>
Sholter and Collins have been charged with child neglect. Vincent Paul Collins, 25, and Savanah Lynn Sholter, 21, have been arrested after authorities found their two-year-old son abandoned in a Hialeah motel room surrounded by his own filth and a dead animal, and weighing only 15 pounds. The pai ... More >>
Duran Barfield, 24, has been accused of inflicting at least 28 fractures in the bones of his 4-month-old son. Though Barfield's family, including his fiancée and the child's mother, say he's a great father, and Barfield claims that the injuries are actually a result of the child falling off a be ... More >>
In today's roundup of horrible things: one toddler is dead after his father told police that a boxing lesson went bad and neglected to call 911, another toddler is recovering from a gunshot wound, a mother is charged with beating her four kids with extension cords, and another Florida panther is ... More >>
Anthony Williams is being charged with aggravated child abuse. In this morning's roundup of crime: A man punched a baby in an attempt to kidnap it and left it with fractured bones; a security guard runs over a "suspicious" man with a golf cart; another baby thought to have been kidnapped in Tenne ... More >>
Philipe and Sherrine Mathieu have been arrested and charged with 860 counts of child neglect after forcing their own daughter to live outside for eight years. The child, now 16, was forbidden from eating, sleeping, or even using the restroom in the family home, and was forced to do it all outside.A ... More >>
If there are any great truths in this crazy world of ours, things that most of humanity can agree upon, one of them is that babies are for hugging and kissing, not beating. Sadly a mother in Homestead has been arrested for severely beating her 7-month-old child.The incident happened last night, arou ... More >>
Locally transplanted Puerto Rican superstar and Latin heartthrob Ricky Martin has always had a strong inclination toward philanthropic ambitions, frequently using his own dough and fame over the years to lend a helping hand to worthy causes. In fact, he has his very own organization, the Ricky Ma ... More >>
Riptide was going to write you up a nice "The Florida Supreme Court for Dummies" post, but in its research found itself caught up in tangents. Our interest was spurred in part by yesterday's overturning of the gay adoption ban by a Miami judge (as well as by future Crist appointments). The issue wil ... More >>
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