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Orlando DCF investigator arrested for drugs

ORLANDO

DCF investigator faces drug charge

Authorities say a Florida Department of Children and Families investigator has been arrested for cocaine possession in Orlando.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office says Susan Cunningham visited a location being monitored for drug dealing and was later pulled over Saturday for failing to signal while changing lanes. A deputy found a clear plastic bag sticking out of the center armrest console, which contained a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.

John Cooper, the central regional director for DCF, called the arrest "terribly concerning." The department said in a statement Sunday that it plans to fire Cunningham, who has been a child protective investigator since 2005.

COCOA

Sheriff: 2-year-old raped at SeaWorld

Authorities say a 26-year-old man raped a 2-year-old girl at SeaWorld Orlando while her parents were on a ride and she was left in his care.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office says photographs clearly showing the rape were found on Michael Grzybowicz's cell phone. Grzybowicz told investigators he didn't know how the photos got on his phone.

The victim's mother told investigators that the only time she left the toddler with Grzybowicz was for about 10 minutes on Feb. 17 while she and her boyfriend went on a ride.

Grzybowicz is being held without bail in Brevard County on charges of possessing child pornography. He is expected to be transferred to the Orange County Jail and face further charges of sexual battery and lascivious molestation on a young child.

DUNNELLON

37 animals rescued from motor home, van

Authorities have rescued more than three dozen animals from a motor home and van parked at a Central Florida lot.

Marion County Animal Services removed 37 live animals — dogs, cats, pygmy goats, donkeys and an African grey bird — from the two vehicles. Most were kept in crates filled with animal waste but no food. Authorities say the dogs were all severely underweight and one had to be euthanized because of its condition.

At least a dozen dead animals were also found — in bags, coolers, boxes and crates.

Dunnellon police removed the owners from the scene.

Authorities plan to bring animal cruelty charges against 67-year-old Penelope Walker and her 44-year-old daughter Gina Walker.

Times wires

Orlando DCF investigator arrested for drugs 02/27/11 [Last modified: Sunday, February 27, 2011 10:42pm]

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