Children need your help in Guardian ad Litem outreach

Become an advocate for an abused or neglected child.

No one should simply shake their head and sadly lament the horrific story of child abuse. Instead of passive despair, let these tragic incidents serve as a galvanizing call to action for us all to commit to ending abuse and securing the safety and future of every child.

Yes, we can end child abuse. We can end it when we all become advocates for children.

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Merritt Island woman, 36, faces child abuse, neglect charges

Jessica Figueroa

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) today was contacted about a report of a verbal disturbance.

Upon arrival, deputies observed an infant victim with multiple bruises and swelling on their face and head.  Deputies observed the victim was breathing, but was not alert or responsive.

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Mitigation plan to aid county better prep for natural disasters

Citrus County is better prepared for disasters with the recent approval of their hazard mitigation plan by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) plan is a long-term strategy to reduce the community’s vulnerability to natural disasters.

The LMS plan approval extends to the following participating jurisdictions that provided a copy of their resolutions adopting the Citrus County, FL LMS plan:

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Woman faces charges for allegedly transmitting nude pictures to minor

Ashlee Graham

On Aug. 20, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) was contacted in reference to allegations of a 20-year-old woman transmitting nude photographs of herself via text message to a minor.

The suspect was identified as Ashlee Graham, and detectives were able to gather forensic digital evidence to support these allegations.

The evidence revealed Graham had sent three nude photos to the victim and also requested the victim to send nude photos of themselves. Detective Tiffany Barry with the CCSO Internet Crimes Against Children Unit was assigned the case and began working both the digital and forensic sides of the investigation.

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2-month-old’s death leads to 4 arrests

Four Citrus County residents were arrested today and charged with Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child, Child Neglect, and Maintaining a Dwelling for the Purpose of Using Controlled Substances.

Arrested were 25-year-old Kevin Courtney, 25-year-old Stephanie Carroll, 52-year-old Steven Gibson and 44-year-old Tammy Allison were arrested after CCSO’s investigation revealed their negligence in the death of a 2-month-old child earlier this year.

“This case is an example of the heinous crimes that are investigated by the detectives of the CCSO Special Victim’s Unit,” said Sheriff Prendergast. “It also highlights the cooperation between our office, state, and federal agencies in order to bring justice to Citrus County victims, like the precious child in this case.

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