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Dade City couple accused of beating girl with garden hose

DADE CITY — A man and woman were arrested last week after deputies said they abused a girl in their care, striking her on the legs with a garden hose.

The girl, whose relationship to the defendants was not disclosed, had more than eight bruises — large and swollen — on both of her legs, front and back, from kneecap to thigh, according to an arrest report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The girl, whose age was not disclosed, told investigators she was being punished for having a boyfriend and lying about it.

On Friday, they arrested Nancy Sanchez, 28, and Juan Sanchez-Becerra, 36, and charged them with child abuse. Both have been released from the Land O'Lakes jail.

Dade City couple accused of beating girl with garden hose 02/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 8:14pm]
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