Tarpon Springs, FL (December 14, 2018) – In Tarpon Springs, the mother of four children, 25-year-old Andrea Fulton and her boyfriend, 29-year-old Rashwan Davis were arrested on Thursday, December 13th, after a domestic dispute that resulted in the woman's children being removed from the home back on August 20th of this year and placed in foster care. Detectives said that the abuse began in June and continued through August when the children were removed from the home.
Three of Andrea Fulton's children, a two, three, and six-year-old, were placed in foster care at that time of the incident in August and the fourth child, Davis's son, a one-year-old infant, was placed with a family member. While the children were in the foster care system, several medical exams revealed multiple visible scars and bite marks that were found on the two-year-old and three-year-old children.
Deputies say that the two-year-old baby had more than 35 injuries covering his body and at least eight bite impressions on his back, bottom and face. The three-year-old was bitten one time on the buttocks.
Investigators used a forensic odonatologist to take impressions from both Fulton and Davis to determine which of them had bitten the children. A forensic odonatologist ruled out Fulton as being the person who bit the children. They could not, however, rule out Davis.
When Davis was interviewed by police he admitted that he bit the 2-year-old multiple times after becoming frustrated with the child. Fulton was also interviewed. She admitted that she knew about the bite marks on her children's bodies but did not stop it or report it.
Rashawn Davis has been charged with multiple counts of aggravated child abuse with great bodily harm on a $100k bond. The children's mother, Andrea Fulton, has also been arrested and charged with two counts of child neglect that resulted in great bodily harm.
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