Arrested for Child Abuse

by Name Undisclosed
(Florida, USA)

I was arrested for child abuse. I was sitting in my house, taking care of my 8-week-old baby when I noticed a truck full of kids pull up in front of my yard. I laid my baby down, looked out the back door and saw about 20 kids in my yard. I heard a bunch of yelling. Just 2 months ago, they were all really good friends, until 2 of the girls and my daughter's friend got into a fight. That fight has carried onto a lot of threatening from these girls.


Anyway, I was trying to find out what was going on. I told everyone to get out of my yard and go back to wherever they came from. Everyone left my yard, except the 3 girls that wanted to fight my daughter and her friend.

Well, my daughter and one of the girls ended up fighting. I pulled the girl off my daughter and told her it was enough and to go. Everyone left then.

Well, the cops came. My daughter and I were arrested. I spent the night in jail. The police report says I encouraged my daughter to fight, and I was the primary organizer of the fight. So now if the State Attorney presses charges, I'm looking at 2 counts of 3rd degree felony.

My daughter is 15 and I have a 17-year-old son. Neither has been in a fight before in their lives. I have never been in a fight myself. These girls have been doing this stuff for months now, and they just keep getting away with it.

A month before this fight, the girl that my daughter fought with called my house. We recorded her threatening to bust my daughter up. I called the cops and told them they needed to do something about these girls before they jump my daughter and send her to the hospital with a broken nose and a concussion. The cops did nothing. Now look...they jumped my daughter, and now my daughter and I were arrested and I might get charged with child abuse.


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Apr 02, 2008
Document EVERYTHING...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

The only suggestion I can offer is that you keep documenting everything that happens with regard to these girls. If they have repeatedly bullied and harassed, others must realize that they are bad news, others must have experienced something similar. Talk to your neighbours and school officials. If you can show there is a history with these girls, it's highly unlikely that the State's Attorney will have a case against you.

I wish you and your children all the best.

Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

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