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Hernando crime briefs: man charged with beating boy with belt; driver arrested for second DUI and oxycodone trafficking

Boy, 5, beaten with belt; man charged

SPRING HILL — A Spring Hill man has been accused of beating a 5-year-old boy with a belt.

Roderick Quinn Sr. 37, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated child abuse. His bail was set at $5,000. To protect the child's identity, a report from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office withheld the boy's name and relationship to Quinn.

After receiving a complaint that the boy had said he was "whupped" by Quinn with a belt, officials with the Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Children and Families went to Quinn's house at 4413 Plumbago Court on Oct. 10.

The boy, a report said, had injuries on his stomach, back and legs. During an interview, authorities say, Quinn admitted using the belt to punish the boy.

Authorities photographed injuries Oct. 12 and again on Nov. 2, after DCF got a second complaint.

Man charged with DUI, oxycodone trafficking

SPRING HILL — Less than three months after being charged with a DUI in Pasco County, a Hudson man was again charged with a DUI and drug trafficking in Spring Hill early Wednesday morning.

Kenneth J. Linder, 52, was charged with DUI, refusal to submit to a physical or chemical test, driving on a suspended license with knowledge, possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking in oxycodone.

After determining that Linder was intoxicated during a field sobriety test, a Hernando County sheriff's deputy searched the man's truck. There, the deputy found a red straw containing a white powdery residue and a bottle containing 97 oxycodone pills.

Linder, a report said, admitted using the straw to snort crushed pain pills.

Hernando crime briefs: man charged with beating boy with belt; driver arrested for second DUI and oxycodone trafficking 11/16/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 4:19pm]
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