Clay County parents, Stephen Terry and Misti Tomlinson, were arrested for child abuse and that child is now living with other family members. Now child welfare workers are looking into six other children.
“I’ve never seen him get mean or get ugly,” the suspect’s father, Anthony Terry said.
Clay County parents were arrested on child abuse charges. I spoke with the suspect’s father who said he was shocked to hear about his son’s arrest. He called them loving parents. LIVE report at 10 @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/bh4r1mOnPj— Danielle Avitable (@DanielleANjax) March 1, 2018
Both were arrested on child abuse charges.
Terry’s father was in disbelief about his son’s arrest.
The arrest reports state that the child has suffered physical and mental abuse.
Deputies said he was hit with items including belts and shoes to the point of visible injury.
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“I’ve never seen them hit a kid, they have a church they’re attending, those kids are sweet,” Terry said.
The report also said that the child was forced to stay in the bathroom for extended periods of time and feared the bathroom because of rats.
“I know nothing about no latches on no doors, I don’t know nothing about that,” Terry said.
Terry’s father said his son reached out to him about a month ago and asked him if the child could live with him, but wouldn’t tell him why.
Stephen Terry & Misti Tomlinson were the parents arrested. The child who was allegedly abused is with other family but the couple has 6 other children. DCF is investigating. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/4nnCa17tIc— Danielle Avitable (@DanielleANjax) March 1, 2018
"Could he come over here, can he come to my house for a while, something was going on,” Terry said.
The Florida Department of Children and Families launched an investigation into the couple on Tuesday and the child who was allegedly abused is living with other relatives.
The couple is out of jail.
Terry said he didn’t have anything to say about his arrest.
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