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Shelter will open for sex trafficking victims

One of the state's first safe houses for adult victims of sex trafficking is opening in the Sarasota area.

Selah Freedom will open the four-bedroom home in a nondescript neighborhood in November. A landlord is renting the house at a discounted price along with furniture.

Florida has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the nation. In the past, many victims of sex trafficking were arrested for prostitution. But aggressive education efforts have prompted law enforcement officials to re-examine cases and team up with advocates to help victims instead of arresting them.

In this home, former prostitutes will receive mental health assessments and treatment from a trauma specialist. The Herald Tribune reports women will also learn to cook, create resumes and open bank accounts.


Caregiver had stuffed baby's body in cooler

A Central Florida woman has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for stuffing a baby's body into a cooler.

Carolyn Renee Miller told authorities she was taking care of Ja'veon Mitchell in 2011 when she woke up to find him dead. She said she panicked and packed the body in a cooler and hid it behind her boyfriend's Titusville home.

The child died of unknown causes but the medical examiner testified he was leaning toward homicide or neglect. Miller pleaded no contest Friday to aggravated manslaughter of a child and improper disposal of a human body.

Florida Today reports the judge noted that Miller was paid in crack cocaine to take care of the child.

Defense attorneys argued Miller was suffering from trauma from a tough upbringing.


Family accused of killing man, coverup

Three family members are behind bars in the Florida Panhandle after authorities say they killed their 70-year-old father while he slept.

Lottie Moore reported her husband missing in early September. On Friday, investigators announced a break in the case, saying they had arrested Moore, 33-year-old David Clanton and 26-year-old Mary Clanton on murder charges. The three lived with the victim and said he wandered off after an argument. Bay County sheriff's officials said the three had a plan to fool authorities, including fabricating alibis. Capt. Jimmy Stanford said they even appeared in surveillance video footage and made phone calls to corroborate their alibis.

The News Herald in Panama City reports one of the suspects revealed the location of Arthur Moore's grave in the woods.

Times wires