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Grandfather of toddler found wandering in Brooksville street charged

A 45-year-old Brooksville man is facing charges of child neglect after Hernando County Sheriff's deputies discovered his diaper-clad granddaughter wandering along Anderson Snow Road Wednesday afternoon.

According to a report, deputies were called to the scene after a couple saw the child in the road clad only in an extremely soiled diaper. A search of the area led them to a house where they were met by the neighbor of the child's guardian, John Austin Machmer III.

Shortly after, Machmer pulled into the driveway with two other grandchildren. Machmer told deputies that he assumed the toddler was inside a neighbor's home playing when he left to pick up his other grandchildren.

The neighbor said he was unaware that Machmer had left the child under his supervision. Machmer was taken to the Hernando County Jail, where bail was set at $2,000. The children were placed with a family member by the state Department of Children and Families.

Man, 21, charged with lewd behavior

Hernando County sheriff's deputies arrested a 21-year-old Brooksville man Wednesday on charges that he had sex with an underage girl nearly two years ago and again on Sunday.

Authorities say Daniel Henry Olin admitted to having sexual intercourse with the teenage girl in August 2007. He was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior on a child between 12 and 16 years old and taken to Hernando County Jail, where he was held in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Olin also was arrested on a lewd and lascivious charge based on an incident that occurred Sunday at his home at 476 Copperfield Road.

Times Staff Writer

Grandfather of toddler found wandering in Brooksville street charged 05/07/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 8, 2009 9:50am]
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