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Florida mom faces child abuse charges following drug charges

Facing criminal charges is never easy, especially when they impact the accused's family members. While drug charges are treated seriously, when these charges are combined with other criminal allegations, a defendant is likely to endure serious penalties that impact his or her personal and professional reputation and rights. Additionally, if authorities believe that these criminal allegations have impacted the defendant's child, he or she could lose access to their child as well.

This is what recently occurred when a mother of a 22-month old daughter was charged with drug and firearm crimes. According to reports, the 25-year-old mom was charged with being a drug dealer in illegal possession of firearms following months of police surveillance of her and her husband's home. However, additionally charges were added after the woman's toddler was brought into the intensive care unit at the children's hospital in Orlando.

Preliminary reports claim that the mother was charged with aggravated child abuse and child neglect causing great bodily harm. Police stated that the accused's daughter was bruised, burned, had teeth knocked out and suffered possible brain damage. The father, who has been to prison twice, was not charged in this matter; however, reports indicate that another adult might face charges for abusing the child. Currently, the mother is being held in police custody without bail.

Prior to these child abuse and neglect charges, the 25-year-old mother was arrested after the search of her home resulted in the alleged discovery of 2.5 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, a 9mm pistol with 12 rounds in the magazine and a total of $7,420 cash. Both the mother and her husband face drug charges, which include possession of meth with the intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia to transport drugs.

When individuals or couples face drug crimes, it is possible for the situation to evolve into additional criminal allegations. Because of this, it is important to understand how evidence was collected and charges resulted. This could help in the criminal defense process, assisting with evidence suppression, charge reduction and even the dismissal of some charges.

Source: Miamiherald.com, "Mother of toddler faced drug, gun charges. Now, she's accused of badly abusing her child," David J. Neal, Oct. 26, 2017

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