Jones and her live-in boyfriend, 28-year-old Allen Michael Stanford, brought the girl to the Brandon Regional Hospital emergency room this past weekend. They claimed that the girl had injuries that were self-inflicted. However, emergency room doctors took a closer look and found visible injuries to her entire body that were consistent with child abuse over a period of time.
Stanford was immediately arrested at the hospital on January 14th and was charged with three counts of child abuse with great bodily harm and one count of child neglect. As of today, the mother of the child has also been arrested and is being charged with felony child neglect with great bodily harm and failure to report child abuse felony child neglect with great bodily harm and failure to report child abuse.
The little girl has since been taken into protective custody by Child Protective Services.
Brandon Child Abuse LawsChild abuse charges are extremely serious, with the likelihood that you will face criminal penalties and also the chance that you will lose custody of your child in the most severe cases. The reality of facing jail time, fines, and even an order of protection so that you have to fight to obtain custody of your child can be one of the most alarming and frightening things that happen to you. There is also a social stigma that comes along with child abuse cases in Florida, making it difficult for you to get back on your feet after such a conviction.
Violent crimes, especially those against children, are penalized harshly under the law and carry a certain social stigma that can follow you through the rest of your life. If you have been charged with child abuse in the state of Florida you will need to find a reputable and aggressive criminal law firm to represent your best interests and protect your constitutional rights. The attorneys at Musca Law have more than 150 combined years of experience successfully representing Florida residents who have been charged with a crime. Our attorneys are skilled at helping you obtain case results that will enable you to move past these charges and protect your freedom during this difficult time. Contact us today for more information at (800) 687-2252.
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Disclaimer: As members of the local Naples and broader Florida community, we hope everyone in our community is safe and protected. We cover the events included in this blog as a way to offer support to the victims in similar circumstances and to provide relief during these difficult times. However, this information should not be misconstrued as legal advice, and you should speak with a trained legal professional for more information regarding your situation.