Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Police say Port Richey woman blocked any help for stabbed teen

Tonya Clem, 43, was charged with aggravated child abuse.

Tonya Clem, 43, was charged with aggravated child abuse.

Editor's note: The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office dropped the charges against Tonya Clem on May 29, 2013.

PORT RICHEY — A 16-year-old boy stabbed himself in the abdomen Saturday night during an argument with a woman who told him he didn't deserve to live, authorities said.

Tonya Clem, 43, was charged with aggravated child abuse. Port Richey Police say she did nothing to get the boy help, and then tried to block a friend's efforts to get him medical care.

Police did not disclose the relationship between the woman and the boy, but they share a residence.

A police report says Clem and the teen got into an argument Saturday night and she called him a piece of waste and said pieces of waste don't deserve to live. The boy went into his bedroom to escape the yelling and tried to kill himself, police said.

About an hour later, the report said, Clem sent a text message asking a family friend to come over because the house was a "war zone" and she wanted help to "kick his (expletive)."

The friend came over and saw the boy's wound, blood and a bloody knife in plain view, police said. Clem saw those things, too, but continued to berate the boy, the friend told police. She refused to let him call for help.

"All attempts to call for medical help for the child were blocked by (Clem) until (the friend) lied to (Clem) and told her he would take the child to his home and not contact anyone," the police report said. Once they left the house at 5148 Bay Blvd., the friend took the teen to Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. The boy was later transported to St. Joseph's Hospital for surgery.

Clem was arrested early Sunday and was released from the Land O'Lakes jail after posting $10,000 bail. Records show she had a previous arrest on Christmas Eve 2011 on a charge of assault on a health care practitioner. That charge was changed to disorderly conduct, and Clem pleaded no contest last April.

Clem did not return a call Monday. The Florida Department of Health web site says she is a certified respiratory therapist with a license in good standing.

Police say Port Richey woman blocked any help for stabbed teen 03/18/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:19pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Pinellas licensing board loses support for staying independent

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board on Monday lost its strongest supporter for staying independent.

  2. Rays' Blake Snell erasing memories of his poor start

    The Heater

    NEW YORK — As Blake Snell strides up the mound at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night with an 10-game unbeaten streak, doesn't the miserable start to his sophomore season, when he was winless in eight starts and got demoted to Triple-A, seem like a long time ago?

    To him, too.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) in the dugout during the fourth inning of the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times

  3. St. Petersburg youth baseball concession stand vandalized

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — The early-morning phone call warned Charles Castle, president of Burg Baseball, to "expect the worst.'' The organization's concession stand had been vandalized.

     Cliff Williams, Vice President of the Burg Baseball Inc., St. Petersburg, looks at a damaged and trashed concession stand at the Lakewood Baseball Complex, home of the Burg Baseball. According to Williams someone vandalized the concession stand either Saturday or Sunday. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

  4. Tampa charter school teacher charged with firing handgun at ground

    Crime

    TAMPA — A Tampa charter school teacher was arrested Sunday after she fired a gun into the ground during a dispute with her boyfriend, police said.

    Melody Patrice Bing, a teacher at the Village of Excellence Academy in Tampa, emerged from her home holding a weapon and dropped it when police confronted her at gunpoint. [Tampa Police Department]
  5. Tuesday's Nothing More concert moved from the State Theatre to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

    Blogs

    Nothing More was one of the highlights of April's 98 Rockfest, a thoroughly entertaining rock outfit with a larger-than-live stage presence.

    Nothing More performed at 98 Rockfest 2017 in Tampa.