Thursday, May 24, 2018
Public safety

Girl's ride with carnival ends in child abuse, deputies say

LAND O'LAKES — A 16-year-old girl ran to the roadside trying to flag down passerby for help in the middle of the night. Deputies say a man she had met at a carnival three weeks earlier grabbed her arm and dragged her over the pavement.

Gregory David Haney met the girl in Niagra Falls, N.Y., while he was working the carnival, a Pasco Sheriff's report states. The girl's mother signed a letter giving her permission to travel with him and earn money this summer.

Then on Thursday, the girl and Haney, 58, got into an argument, the report states. Their car had broken down on S.R. 52. She went to call for help when Haney grabbed her, leaving her with scrapes on her hip, elbow and across the chest.

Haney, of 10202 Highway 301 in Dade City, was arrested on a charge of child abuse. He remained in jail Monday in lieu of $5,000.

No other information was immediately available.

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