Bartow, FL – Marcus Brown, 29, of Lakeland, shook his head as the judge read back the charges he faces – Aggravated Child Abuse and First Degree Murder – in the death of his stepson.
The state says Deondray Ashe, 2, died after Brown beat him with a belt, nearly 30 times, on Sunday. What’s worse, there may have been a red flag two months earlier when DCF first received a report of possible child abuse from the Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Ashe had two fractured ribs then.
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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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