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Police: Sanford mother of missing child arrested

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Updated: 2/11 8:00 am

SANFORD, Fla. (WFTV) — 

Authorities said they're searching for a missing child after an investigation into a Sanford family revealed one of four children is unaccounted for. The child's mother has been arrested.

Rachel Fryer, 32, of Sanford, was arrested early Tuesday morning by detectives from the Sanford Police Department.

Investigators said she is charged with aggravated child abuse and was booked into the Seminole County Jail without bond.

Early Tuesday morning Channel 9 learned that Sanford police were in a rural portion of Putnam County. It is believed they were there in relation to Fryer's arrest.

The Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is also investigating the case.

Police said they are searching for two people, Timothy Gordon and Tonya Grooms, who may have important information regarding the whereabouts of the child, who hasn't been identified. Gordon is Fryer's boyfriend, officials said.

Willie Brown, a family member of Gordon's, told Channel 9 that Gordon has already spoken with police.

"I'm being quite honest, my brother wouldn't hurt a fly," Brown said.

The investigation began after a DCF case manager feared the children were in danger, and the Sanford Police Department was called to assist in the well-being check early Monday morning.

Investigators surrounded an apartment on Oleander Avenue near Goldsboro Boulevard and put crime scene tape up around the building.

The landlord at that location said a woman and her children have not been around for several days.

Neighbors told Channel 9 they're worried about the children but hoping for the best.

"They're adorable," said neighbor Melissa Williams. "They play with each other. They have so much fun. They're quiet. They're children. I'm just worried, I'm hoping the kids are actually fine and they're OK and all this is just a mess and it just goes away."

According to DCF, the last reported visit to the family's home was on February 6.

Fryer is expected to make her first appearance before a judge Tuesday afternoon.

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king kaos - 2/11/2014 9:06 AM
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Mixed feelings here. 1. This is the issue with the Afreakan Americant community, TERRIBLE parenting. The end. You want to know why the kids are all mangled and killing each other and useless by 10? Well they dont have parents so whoever pays attention to them becomes thier teacher. So rappers, nonsense TV shows and people, thier older siblings who arent in much better shape if not worse due to the same parents and themselves. "They play together" is code for the oldest is stuck watching the rest while "mama" be out gettin hers. Its sad. If we want to fix the obvious issues within the ghetto black community, it starts with doing something about the parents or lack of or... Now Im interested to know A. Why was DCF involved to begin with and if it was due to neglect or endangering the kids then why the heck didnt they do thier job and place them someplace else? I mean a missing kid, 20 people all over the place and noone has any idea whats going on? Come on! I can tell you, black case worker and the black mother makes excuses as the why stuffs the way it is and the case worker says "I know, its not your fault well get you some more help" and thats it. A kid ends up dead\missing and its all good. Shouldnt they be saying "take care of your kids or we will find someone who will" or "take care of your kids or we will turn off the welfare tap" or "TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDS, THEY ARE AFTER ALL 'YOUR' KIDS and not every responsible productive taxpayers"? I mean I take care of my 3 AND my wife too and dont need ANYONEs help but my own... when we were down and out and in a terrible spot, there was NO help available because we were white middle aged straight "healthy" family that was typically in good shape thanks to my college education, however when we were not and even after I paid literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes throughout my life they told both me and my wife "too bad f-ers, you cant get shiznitiest as far as help"... awesome right?
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