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Man accused of kicking, stomping on man's head

A 22-year-old man was arrested on a felony battery charge Thursday night, accused of kicking and stomping on another man's head in a parking lot off State Road 52.

Dustin James Welch was accused of beating up Timothy Schaefer, 24, who has been in the process of a divorce with Welch's girlfriend, according to a sheriff's report.

Schaefer was hospitalized with serious facial injuries and a possible concussion, the report said.

Welch, 22, of Padget Drive was being held in the county jail in lieu of $5,000 bail Friday. He told deputies Schaefer hit him first, the report said.

Woman charged with child neglect, truancy

A Zephyrhills woman was charged with child neglect and habitual truancy after police said she kept her son from school in a home rife with filth.

Shelly Rae Burch, 39, of Seventh Street remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Friday in lieu of $16,263 bail.

Zephyrhills police arrested her Thursday after finding her 12-year-old son at home instead of at school in violation of a court order, a department report said. The boy has not been to school since Sept. 23.

Also, officers found dirty clothes on every floor of the home; a kitchen table cluttered with dirty dishes and old food, beer bottles and trash; an overflowing garbage can; garbage on the kitchen counter; pet feces on the dining room floor and a strong smell of urine throughout the home, the report said.

The bathroom toilet was not working and held human feces, it added.

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