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Updated: 09/21/2013 08:00:03AM
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3-year-old leaves house, mother arrested

A 27-year-old Bartow woman was charged with child neglect when her 3-year-old child got out of the house and police discovered the unsanitary conditions of her house that included broken glass in the living room, the Bartow Police Department reported.

Adriana Isabella Ramirez’s child left their house and began wandering in the street, the police reported. A couple of men were knocking on neighbors’ doors trying to find the toddler, and when they found him, he was covered in feces, police reported.

Upon arrival, Detective Eric Sherouse talked with Ramirez inside the residence and found the house was covered with food items, refuse was scattered across the floor in every room and there was broken glass on the floor of the living room where the child was located, police reported.

Ramirez said she was not aware the child had left the house as she was in the bathroom at the time. However she was able to account for the whereabouts of the child before this happened, police reported.

Ramirez was arrested because of her apparent failure to supervise the child, it being found soiled for an extended period of time, and due to the condition of the house.

Man found hiding in bedroom closet

A 39-year-old man was charged with resisting arrested with violence and violation of injunction after he was found at his girlfriend’s house hiding in a bedroom closet, the Bartow Police Department reports.

Barry Robert Hensley, of 980 E. Church St., Bartow, was charged on Sept. 12 with the crimes and booked into the Polk County Jail, police reported.

A witness contacted the Bartow Police Department after the victim contacted her by phone and gave her a “code phrase” indicating there was a problem and it could be that Hensley was in her house, police reported.

When police arrived and went into the residence, Officer Hauser gave several verbal announcements to let the victim know he was there.

During a search of the house, Hensley was found in the last bedroom’s closet with the door closed, police reported.

Upon checking on Hensley’s past record, police discovered there was an injunction for protection against him for domestic violence.

Retail theft charged

Marianne Bauer was charged on Sept. 5 with retail theft, and charged on it as a felony because it was the third time she’d been charged with theft, the Bartow Police Department reported.

Bauer was booked into the Polk County Jail on the charges after a security officer at Walmart and a police officer found just under $35 worth of stolen merchandise on her, police reported.

A security officer at the Bartow Walmart noticed that Bauer was heading past all the points of sale on her way to the customer service desk and had stuff in her cart that was not bagged.

The security officer went to his office to review the tape of her shopping. He found she put various items in her cart. She then took the items to customer service and ask for a refund using a previous receipt. She got $49.96.

The store manager returned to the shopping area, confronted the victim and took Bauer into the store office.

Upon the arrival of the Bartow Police she was charged with the crime. Reports say after she was read her rights. Bauer said she did this because she needed money. She said she bought identical items on a previous visit to Walmart and this day took that receipt.

Man charged with assault and battery

A 44-year-old Bartow man was charged with assault and battery on his wife after two witnesses told police they saw him pin her against a wall and swing at her, the Bartow Police Department reported.

Johnny Frank Vazquez, of 245 Dudley Ave., Bartow, was booked in the Polk County Jail on the domestic violence charge on Sept. 6, police reported.

Witnesses told officers they saw his wife of five months walking east on Main Street at the corner of Dudley Avenue and saw a white man running up from the side and grab her and pin her against a concrete wall on the east side of Dudley, a police report said.

They said Vazquez got into a fighting stance and swung his fist at his wife.

When police questioned Vazquez’s wife about the incident, she said she was never battered and the two were looking for her dog, police reported. However, police arrested Vazquez and upon doing that, he told them he was not feeling well and began to have seizures. EMS was called to the scene and provided medical treatment. They then took him to Bartow Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Woman leaves car after being hit

A woman left a car she and her husband were driving in after he struck her three times during an argument, the Bartow Police Department reported.

She reported the incident to the police and the next day when they found him, Gerardo Sanchez, 29, was booked into the Polk County Jail on domestic violence, the Bartow Police Department reported.

The pair were traveling Sept. 10 on West Van Fleet Drive and were arguing with each other, she told police. During the argument, Sanchez hit his wife on the left side of her face with an open hand, she said.

After she got out of the car, Sanchez drove away in an unknown direction. After officers were not able to find Sanchez that day, the next morning a Polk County sheriff’s deputy found him at his home and took him to the police department where he was arrested.

Man charged with abusing son

A 30-year-old man was charged with child abuse and domestic violence when authorities said the injuries on his 6-year-old son were more than of a disciplinary nature, the Bartow Police Department reported .

John Matthew Lally was charged on Aug. 29 and booked into the Polk County Jail, the police department reports.

Lally is said to have become angry with his son and he got a paddle from his bedroom and used it to spank the child, the police reported. Police say Lally used such force it caused multiple severe bruises. During a Child Protection Team medical review they determined the injuries were as a “result of forceful striking with a blunt object,” the police reported.

The practitioner said the injuries were the result of inflicted child abuse and not consistent with reasonable parental discipline.

The youth said he was hit hard with a board and he said his father was “so mad” when he was striking him.

In an investigation by the Department of Children and Families, Lally admitted he had spanked his son, however initially he claimed he had only used his hand. Under further questioning he said he had used a leather belt.

On Aug. 29, Detective Eric Sherouse went to Lally’s home and Lally said he didn’t want to speak to an officer unless he had a lawyer with him. And, that’s when he was arrested, police reported.

Man charged with battery

David Travis McCutchen was charged Sept. 11 with battery by strangulation and booked into the Polk County Jail on the charge, the Bartow Police Department reports.

MuCutchen, 1165 N. Ivy Lane, Bartow, and his girlfriend have lived together for 10 years and they have three children together, police report. At the time of this incident, his girlfriend was in bed when McCutchen approached and tried to talk with her, police reported. She said she didn’t want to talk and continued to ignore him, police reported.

He had become agitated and grabbed her by the wrists, hair and throat. She said the defendant held her down and she couldn’t get up. He then put his hands around her neck and began to choke her, police reported. She got away after she bit him on the stomach, police reported.

When police arrived the girlfriend said that McCutchen was drunk the previous night and she wanted him to leave. Police noted the woman had marks on her neck.

Upon talking with McCutchen, police were told he was bitten on the stomach and showed them the marks on his upper left abdomen, police reported.


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