Two charged with neglect of bruised tots
Last month, police went to a home where a 2-year-old boy was covered with bruises and a 3-year-old girl had stomach injuries consistent with blunt trauma, authorities said. The little girl had bruising on her back and right arm, indicating multiple instances of abuse, police said. She needed three hours of surgery for her injuries.
The children's mother, Joy Forehand, was arrested June 30 on charges of child neglect and aggravated child neglect. Her boyfriend, Taurean Durrell Rowe, was arrested Thursday on the same charges.
The Dade City Police Department said Forehand, 23, and Rowe, 25, failed to supervise and protect the children from abuse, and failed to get them appropriate medical attention.
Forehand told police the boy was bruised from the 3-year-old hitting him with a toy, but examiners say the wounds are too extensive for that to be true.
Forehand and Rowe have been released on $20,000 bail.
The children are in state custody.
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Woman accused in theft of credit card
A woman loaded up her cart with $4,752.45 worth of items at Walmart, then tried to pay with a credit card that turned out to be stolen, authorities said.
A suspicious sales clerk refused to complete the transaction back in May. This week, deputies arrested Adrienne Kelly Lipsey, 29, on charges of grand theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.
The card, deputies determined, belonged to the best friend of Lipsey's 89-year-old grandmother.
While the Walmart on State Road 54 did not allow any purchases on the card, Lipsey racked up $99.97 in charges at a Kangaroo gas station, Redbox video rental and 7-Eleven, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
Lipsey, of Holiday, remained Friday in Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $8,000 bail.
New mom charged in cosmetics theft
Erica Sue Olson bought a box of diapers Thursday evening at a Sweetbay Supermarket on State Road 54, but she didn't pay for about $120 worth of cosmetics she stuffed into her purse, authorities said.
A store manager stopped Olson, 23, and contacted deputies, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
After her arrest, Olson told deputies she was planning on stealing the items because she had been struggling for money after her baby was born. She also told deputies she was sorry. Olson, of New Port Richey, was held in Land O'Lakes jail Friday without bail.
DNA in soda bottle links man to bike theft
Police say they solved a case of a stolen bicycle, thanks to DNA found in a plastic soda bottle.
A men's Fuji bicycle was stolen about 8 a.m. May 2 from a home on Oleander Avenue. The burglar left his old bike near the victim's home, along with a soda bottle that authorities sent for DNA testing, the New Port Richey Police Department said.
The lab linked the bottle to Luis Aponte-Rodriguez, a 39-year-old New Port Richey man who was on probation for a burglary that happened in April 2010.
Officers found him in the Land O'Lakes jail, where he's been since June 9 on an unrelated charge of burglary with assault or battery.
Aponte-Rodriguez was charged with another burglary count and violating his probation, and remained Friday at the Land O'Lakes jail without bail.