Marianna Couple Charged with Child Abuse
Boyd’s girlfriend told police they received a ride after a party from the suspect, 32-year-old Michael Fox. She said Fox drove both of them, their small child and two other people from Edgewood. When the child started crying, Fox reportedly pulled over so the parents could get a bottle out of the trunk. But Boyd’s girlfriend said Fox drove off with the small child when they got out of the vehicle. Torrance County deputies and Edgewood police responded to their call for help and dropped Boyd and his girlfriend off at a residence in the foothills. Police said Boyd called Fox and got him to agree to drop the child off at the Circle K. As Boyd and his girlfriend arrived at the gas station, police said Fox ran across the parking lot and began attacking Boyd. He suffered numerous stab wounds, according to APD. “I don’t understand how that happens with that many people in the car; and the sheriff’s office was already involved,” the victim’s father, Bart Boyd said. Police said Fox fled from the scene, but detectives were able to locate and take him into custody a short time later.
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Michelle Bertram is being held in the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of child endangering, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to police and jail records. Police said custody of Bertram’s three children, ages 3, 4 and 7, was given to their father. Bertram allegedly left the children alone in a truck while she went inside a home in the 300 block of Huffman Avenue, according to the police report. The children were found by officers who were patroling the area because of a high volume of complaints about drug activity, according to the report. Police said the mother emerged from the house about 15 minutes later. Bertram told police she thought someone was watching her children while she went inside to get water and a cigarette, according to the report. Police said Bertram denied being there to buy drugs and she had no drugs in her possession. Police noted that neighbors report there is a lot of people going in and out of the house at all hours of the day and night. More News
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with the Department of Children and Family Services in reference to a child abuse complaint. Upon arrival Deputies found three children, ages 2, 3, and 4 years of age, in the care and custody of their parents, Shane Ratliff and Constance Ratliff. Two of the children were locked in different bedrooms by make-shift cage like doors. Each of the two children was found lying in the floor with no beds or furniture in the bedrooms. Both of the rooms were infested with roaches and the floors were covered in trash. One of the bedrooms had numerous dirty diapers scattered about the floor. The rest of the house was infested with roaches and cat feces. Shane Ratliff and Constance Ratliff were arrested and charged with two counts of Aggravated Child Abuse and one count of Child Abuse. Department of Children and Families took custody of the three children and placed them in a safe environment.
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