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Port Richey mother of four charged with child neglect

Port Richey

Mother of 4 faces neglect charges

A 36-year-old woman faces charges of child neglect after authorities found her four children — ranging from 6 to 13 years old — alone at her home for several hours over the weekend, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Jennifer Lorraine Apgar was arrested Saturday morning and taken into custody. She was released from the Pasco County jail in Land O'Lakes that evening after posting $5,000 bail.

According to the arrest report, a Pasco sheriff's deputy reported to Apgar's home in the 11000 block of Harding Drive on Friday afternoon in response to the 13-year-old boy being suspected in a theft. The deputy found the teen and Apgar's 10-year-old daughter alone in a home described as "filthy and roach-infested" with standing water on the living room floor, according to the report.

The children told the deputy that Apgar had taken their two younger siblings to Tampa for a doctor's appointment Friday evening. Unable to get in contact with Apgar, the deputy left a business card for her.

When Apgar didn't respond, the deputy returned about 3 a.m. Saturday and found all four children at the home alone. The 6-year-old girl was walking around the driveway screaming, "I want my mommy," according to the report.

The girl told the deputy she couldn't move her left arm because she had slammed a window on her arm, trying to get her cat inside the home.

According to the report, the 13-year-old was sleeping in a bed and the 8- and 10-year-olds were wandering around while the 6-year-old screamed in pain. The deputy said the girl's hand was swollen by her pinkie but she wasn't taken to a hospital.

The 10-year-old girl told the deputy her mother left for the store and then had to stop to see an unknown friend. The 13-year-old had been left in charge, the girl told the deputy. There was no working phone at the house, the report said.

The deputy stayed at the home until 5 a.m. and was still unable to make contact with Apgar. During the deputy's investigation, neighbors said Apgar left the home every night after midnight for several hours.

According to the report, the children were placed with Apgar's sister in Hudson. Apgar was arrested at her home about 7 a.m. Saturday.

Man, 42, charged with lewd conduct

A 42-year-old man has been accused of offering to pay $5 to two young boys so they would show him their genitals, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Brent James Richard of Port Richey was arrested Saturday afternoon on a charge of lewd and lascivious conduct. He was taken to the Pasco County jail in Land O'Lakes and released that evening after posting $10,000 bail.

According to the report, the two boys were approached by Richard near the intersection of Ridge Crest and Roble Way at about 2 p.m. Richard told deputies that he never spoke with the children but could not explain why he was in the area.

The children later identified Richard as the man who had solicited them, and he was taken into custody.

— Times staff writer

New Port Richey

Report: Woman stabbed boyfriend

A 32-year-old woman stabbed her boyfriend in the back with a letter opener late Saturday night, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Jennifer Lee Brown admitting stabbing her boyfriend in the middle of his back as he tried to walk away during an argument at their home in the 7400 block of Knoll Drive.

The attack left a puncture wound about a quarter-inch long, according to the report.

The man's medical condition was not immediately known.

Brown was charged with felony aggravated domestic battery.

She was taken to the county jail Saturday night and remained behind bars Sunday in lieu of $1,500 bail.

Port Richey mother of four charged with child neglect 10/04/09 [Last modified: Sunday, October 4, 2009 7:27pm]
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