Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the house in response to reports of abuse involving the child. When they arrived, the boy told them that he was not supposed to be on the computer and that when Guinter discovered him on the computer, he became angry and grabbed him. Guinther is then accused of punching and kicking the boy. The boy ended up on the floor and told deputies that Guinther twisted his leg, trying to break it.
Deputies observed the boy to have lumps and bruises on his body and his eye appeared to be changing colors. Guinther was arrested and charged with child abuse and battery by strangulation. He refused to speak with officers and was placed in the Marion County Jail under a $7,000 bond. His next court date is scheduled for February 19th.
Silver Springs Violent Crime LawsFlorida violent crimes involving children are treated very seriously by prosecutors and judges. A charge of child abuse and battery by strangulation is a third-degree felony that brings a potential prison sentence of up to five years. Because of the nature of this charge, even first-time offenders are likely facing a tough prosecution.
If you find yourself in this situation, all hope is not lost. At Musca Law, our experienced Florida criminal defense attorneys will explore every available avenue for your defense. We can advise you on mitigating circumstances that may help you in the ultimate outcome of your case. You may have options which can help lessen or eliminate the impact of a permanent criminal conviction your record. We can answer any questions you may have about the charges against you and the criminal justice process.
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