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Deputies: Tampa mom abused kids with extension cords, hammer, stun gun

TAMPA — Belts, extension cords, metal spoons, hammers, stun guns.

Those are the items Hillsborough sheriff's deputies say Stacey Joanna Horace used to beat seven children for five years, according to an arrest affidavit.

Horace, 31, of 13404 Village Circle, Apt. 102, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on child abuse charges after deputies said she physically abused the children, between the ages of 11 months to 10 years, since 2004.

Deputies said Horace also held a child underwater, threw urine on him and spat in his face.

The abuse was first reported to Child Protection investigators by the Temple Terrace Police Department on Nov. 3, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators were unable to question Horace until Tuesday, when she was arrested at the Child Protection Office and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail about 1:45 p.m. Horace was later released on $2,000 bail, jail records show.

Deputies said the children were placed with family members.

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Deputies: Tampa mom abused kids with extension cords, hammer, stun gun 11/18/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 3:13pm]
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