Five people have been charged in connection with abuse of a 17-year-old developmentally disabled girl at a Palatka group home. Police said part of that abuse at the O’Carroll Homes included burning the 17-year-old girl on her legs and ankles with a clothes iron, reports WJXT News in Jacksonville. Police said Kavarus Bellamy, 21, an employee at the home, intentionally burned the girl on Jan. 3. Investigators said Jolissia Battles, another employee, sprayed a chemical in the teen’s face, and Devin Wesley, a former employee and visitor to the facility, held the teen while she was burned.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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