Suspects who whipped children, forced them to exercise released on bond

By: Tiffany Lewis | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 26, 2017

COTTONDALE, Fla. (WCTV) — The four suspects who were arrested for whipping seven children and forcing them to exercise have been released on bond.

They were held at the Jackson County Correctional Facility Sunday night and bonded out Monday night.

Tyler Sheffield was charged with cruelty toward child abuse without great harm 7 counts- $7,500 X 7, $52,500 bond.

Danny Tijerina was charged with cruelty toward child abuse without great harm 7 counts- $5,000 X 7, $35,000 bond.

Kenneth “Wesley” Spooner III was charged with cruelty toward child abuse without great harm 7 counts- $5,000 X 7, $35,000 bond.

Jade Whitehead was charged with cruelty toward child abuse without great harm 7 counts- $3,500 X 7, $24,500 bond.

The mother of the children posted a status to her Facebook page stating: “So let me start by saying my children, although beaten and tortured for hours by people I don’t know, are doing well and going to spend the week with their parents and family recovering from what will be a horrible experience they will never forget. Along with the abuse my children underwent there is also the destruction and damage my home and personal belongings suffered.”

Deputies believe that the abuse had been occurring for nearly 24 hours when the children were discovered.

The children are now back in the care of their parents.


By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 25, 2017

COTTONDALE, Fla. (WCTV) — Four people have been arrested following a child abuse investigation in Jackson County.

On Sunday, deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Farren Ranch Road in Cottondale in reference to alleged child abuse.

At the scene, deputies spoke with the grandmother of seven children living at the residence, who told deputies that during the previous day and night, the children had been repeatably disciplined with a belt by four adults who frequent the home.

Deputies learned that the children were under the care of a babysitter while their parents were…

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