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Florida DCF Fake Abuse Hotline Story About Ex Husband Lands Mom In Jail
Florida DCF Hotline Fake Abuse Story About Ex Lands Mom In Jail, SARASOTA, Florida. -- Three southwest Florida residents have been charged with falsely reporting child abuse to the state hotline.
By: R. Kingston
SARASOTA, Florida. -- Three southwest Florida residents have been charged with falsely reporting child abuse to the state hotline.
Lisa Ann Schinnow was arrested Tuesday after officials say the 48-year-old woman called in three separate reports alleging her ex-husband was abusing their son. The Department of Children and Families found no evidence of abuse and believe Schinnow made the allegations because of the custody arrangement.
Taiwandra Burks and Stacey Hendry were also arrested last week for making false child abuse reports after DCF investigated claims that a child was being sexually abused. The agency found no evidence of abuse.
Falsely reporting child abuse is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Each report is a separate violation.
DCF stressed falser reports waste time and resources for investigators busy with thousands of legitimate cases.
48-year-old Lisa Schinnow was arrested Tuesday after an investigation revealed she had called police and the Department of Children and Families several times, alleging her ex-husband was on drugs and endangering the life of her 11-year-old son.
The ex-husband had previously been awarded sole custody of the child.
The father voluntarily provided a urine sample for a drug screen by DCF, which was negative for any controlled substance.
The 11-year-old child denied being left home alone.
Schinnow was taken into custody based on an arrest warrant for Making a Fraudulent DCF Report and Making a False Police Report.
Read more at: http://www.floridadcf.org