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Clearwater police say woman pulled kids into her apartment

CLEARWATER — Police arrested a woman Saturday who they say forced two children into her apartment.

It happened two weeks ago at an apartment complex off Fairwood Avenue, near U.S. 19 and Drew Street, police said.

Sarah Graham Tafaro, 55, invited the children into her unit. They said no and told her they weren't allowed to go inside. That's when police say Tafaro grabbed their arms and pulled the two children into her apartment. She closed the door.

The children were scared, police said, and felt like they couldn't leave. After five minutes, they opened the door and ran outside.

Police found out about the incident when several parents confronted Tafaro for taking photographs of their children without permission, according to an arrest affidavit.

The affidavit indicates that Tafaro may suffer from mental health issues.

Taken to Pinellas County Jail Saturday afternoon, Tafaro was charged with two counts of child abuse and two counts of false imprisonment. She posted bail and was released the next morning.

Clearwater police say woman pulled kids into her apartment 10/07/12 [Last modified: Sunday, October 7, 2012 2:23pm]
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