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Manhunt on in Florida for Child Torturers!

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  1. angelize56

    angelize56 Always remembered in our hearts Thread Starter

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    This is so sickening!! :mad: How anyone can do such things to a child is beyond me! :( I hope they catch these sick puppies soon and they go to jail for life! Can you imagine a 14 year old boy weighing just 36 lbs......sends chills up my spine! :mad: Monsters!

    Couple accused of torturing children
    Allegedly pulled out kids' toenails, beat them with hammers
    :mad: (SICK!!)
    Thursday, February 3, 2005 Posted: 11:47 PM EST (0447 GMT)

    (CNN) -- A manhunt has been launched in Florida for a couple accused of torturing five of seven children in their home, including pulling out their toenails with pliers and keeping them so malnourished that they "looked like pictures from Auschwitz," :mad: :( authorities said Thursday.

    Citrus County Sheriff's spokeswoman Gail Tierney said an arrest warrant was issued for John Dollar, 58, and his wife, Linda, 51 -- each of whom face one count of "aggravated child abuse/torture" for all five children.

    The Dollars were the legal guardians of all seven children, although they were not their biological parents, Tierney said. She said the other two children were said to be "favorites" of the Dollars, and were spared their alleged abuse.

    The case came to authorities' attention two weeks ago, when a 16-year-old was transported from the family home in Beverly Hills, Florida, to a local hospital. The boy was bleeding from a laceration on his head and there were red marks on his neck. He weighed just 59 pounds, Tierney said.

    "That was just the start of the alarming parts of this case," she told CNN in a telephone interview.

    Authorities went to the home and interviewed the rest of the children, including two twin 14-year-old boys who were so malnourished they weighed a mere 36 and 38 pounds -- the weight of a typical 4-year-old. (This couple are monsters beyond belief!!)

    "To look at the photos I saw, it was just extremely unnerving," Tierney said. "They looked like pictures from Auschwitz."

    The Dollars are accused of forcing the five children -- who ranged in age from 12 to 16 -- to sleep in a closet in the master bedroom with a "wind chime affixed to the door so that the Dollars would know if they tried to get out of the closet," Tierney said.

    In addition, they are accused of using a cattle prod or some sort of stun gun to shock the children, bonding them to certain spots in the house with chains, striking their feet with hammers and pulling the children's toenails out with pliers. :mad: (Those poor children! :( )

    "There was evidence of damage or missing toenails of these children," Tierney said.

    She said it also appeared as if the Dollars tried to keep them inside the home as much as possible, and each child was home-schooled.

    In the incident two weeks ago, on Jan. 21, Linda Dollar was out shopping when the 16-year-old boy was injured. John Dollar was home.

    Tierney said investigators believe the husband grabbed the boy by his neck, raising him off his feet and then dropping him. :mad: The boy struck his head on a fireplace, causing the laceration to his head -- information that has been corroborated by the other children in the home, she said.

    All seven children were removed from the home last Thursday and placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Families. The Dollars were to appear in court for a DCF hearing Monday. They never showed up.

    [color=redAuthorities believe they may be traveling in a 1996 black-and-gold Provost Marathon motor home with Florida tag number U06YAC. The couple may also be towing a 2000 gold-colored, 4-door Lexus with Florida tag number DH41D[/b][/color].

    Authorities say anyone who sees the vehicle or vehicles should call 352-726-1121.

    The couple moved to their Beverly Hills home last August from Hillsborough County, near Tampa. Before that, they lived in Tennessee with the seven children.

    The children who were allegedly abused are a 16-year old boy; two twin 14-year-old boys; a 13-year-old girl; and a 12-year-old girl. The two who were not harmed were a 17-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy.

    There is no evidence of sexual abuse, Tierney said.
     

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  2. poochee

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    He looks like a fiend! What's going on in Florida with child care?
     
  3. Big-K

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    Holay crrrap
     
  4. angelize56

    angelize56 Always remembered in our hearts Thread Starter

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    Here's a photo of the second half of the wanted gruesome twosome! (n)
     

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  5. cheese

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    Ew.... Sick people they are indeed.
     
  6. eggplant43

    eggplant43 A True Heart and Soul - Gone But Never Forgotten

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    Why would anyone, how could anyone............... This is something that is just beyond my comprehension.
     
  7. Omega_Shadow

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    Dear god.... Right now I wish I lived in florida. I love a good hunt :mad:
    I might not be able to bring them in alive though.....with my temper and all....
     
  8. jackal969k

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    (CNN) -- A Florida couple accused of torturing and starving five of their seven children were captured Friday night in Utah, a spokeswoman for the Citrus County, Florida, Sheriff's Office said.

    Linda Dollar, 51, and John Dollar, 58, were picked up in Utah, said spokeswoman Ronda Hemminger-Evan, but she had no details on their capture.

    Acting on a tip, authorities in Polk County, about 75 miles southeast of the Dollars' home in Beverly Hills in Citrus County, found their motor home at an RV park, Hemminger-Evan said.

    The Dollars apparently fled in their gold 2000 Lexus sport utility vehicle, she said.

    Hemminger-Evan said she did not know if the couple had registered at the park or just abandoned the 1996 black and gold Provost Marathon. The RV contained nothing to indicate where the couple was headed, she said.

    Arrest warrants have been issued for the couple on one count of aggravated child abuse/torture in the cases of five children.

    According to Florida law, aggravated child abuse is a first-degree felony punishable upon conviction by a term of 30 years to life in prison.

    The Dollars were legal guardians of seven children, said Gail Tierney, another spokeswoman for the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. Commenting on the case, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said the Dollars had adopted the children.

    Tierney said two other children were said to be favorites of the couple and were spared abuse.

    The case came to authorities' attention two weeks ago when paramedics responding to a 911 call from the home in Beverly Hills transported a 16-year-old boy to a hospital in nearby Crystal River, Tierney said.

    The boy was bleeding from a laceration on his head and had red marks on his neck. He weighed 59 pounds, she said.

    "That was just the start of the alarming parts of this case," she said in a telephone interview.

    Tierney said investigators believe John Dollar grabbed the boy by his neck, raising him off his feet and then dropped him. The boy struck his head on a fireplace, causing the laceration to his head, she said.

    Authorities went to the home in Beverly Hills, about 85 miles north of Tampa, and interviewed the other children, including twin 14-year-old boys who were so malnourished they weighed 36 and 38 pounds apiece, Tierney said.

    "To look at the photos I saw, it was just extremely unnerving," she said. "They looked like pictures from Auschwitz."

    The Dollars are accused of forcing the five children -- who range in age from 12 to 16 -- to sleep in a closet in the master bedroom with a "wind chime affixed to the door so that the Dollars would know if they tried to get out of the closet," Tierney said.

    In addition, they are accused of using a cattle prod or some sort of stun gun to shock the children, securing them to spots in the house with chains, striking their feet with hammers and pulling the children's toenails out with pliers.

    "There was evidence of damage or missing toenails of these children," Tierney said.

    She said there is no evidence of sexual abuse.

    Tierney said it also appeared that the Dollars tried to keep the children inside the home as much as possible and that each one was home-schooled.

    Authorities removed all seven children from the home January 27 and placed them in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families. The Dollars were to appear in court for a hearing Monday but never showed up.

    Don Thomas, a Department of Children and Families administrator, called the allegations "revolting and disgusting" and said his agency will "do everything we can" to assist in finding the couple.

    Bush said the department did its job properly.

    "It's just tragic that parents -- in this case, adoptive parents; these are parents that received these kids under adoption in the early 1990s -- would do what they did," he said.

    "I hope they find them, and I hope they put them away for a long, long time. It's disgusting."

    Thomas said the department acted as quickly as possible to remove the children from the home.

    He said that the case was the first reported involving the family and said that authorities are investigating where the children came from.

    From March to October 1995, the Dollars were licensed as foster parents in Hillsborough County, he said.

    Tierney said Friday that the children are doing well "in terms of eating more and eating better."

    In addition to the three teen boys, the other children who were allegedly abused are girls: a 13-year-old and a 12-year-old.

    The couple moved to Beverly Hills in August. Before then, they lived in Tennessee with the seven children and apparently ran a small school in the Knoxville area.

    "They said they were foster children, and they had come from Florida and these children were being abused, so they had rescued them from homes," said Jean Underwood, who rented a house to the Dollars near Knoxville before they returned to Florida.
     
  9. Big-K

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    At least it didnt turn into one of those months long cases where pictures of the people constantly turn up on magazines and papers.
     
  10. poochee

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    Govenor Bush needs to get on the stick. The social workers are not keeping tabs on children placed in foster homes.
     
  11. angelize56

    angelize56 Always remembered in our hearts Thread Starter

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    I hope Florida makes an example of this couple and gives them what they deserve...the MAXIMUM sentence for the horrid crimes they committed against those innocent children! I wonder how people like those two live with themselves...they must not have a conscience! :mad: I just keep on remembering...what goes around comes around! No jury in the world is goiong to feel sorry for these two sociopathic monsters!
     
  12. angelize56

    angelize56 Always remembered in our hearts Thread Starter

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    I hope these monsters get life!

    Pliers, Toenails Said Found in Couple's RV

    Sat Feb 12,12:43 AM ET U.S. National - AP

    INVERNESS, Fla. - Pliers and what appeared to be pieces of toenails or fingernails were found by detectives searching a motor home belonging to a couple accused of torturing five of their adopted children, authorities said Friday.

    The evidence in the motor home corroborates what the children told detectives, said Gail Tierney, a spokeswoman for the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

    The children said John and Linda Dollar pulled out toenails with pliers, hit them with a hammer, administered electrical shocks and forced them to sleep in a closet at night. The children ranged in age from 12 to 17.

    Authorities planned to submit the nails to a lab analysis to see if they matched those of the children.

    The Dollars have agreed to extradition from Utah, where they were each arrested on a Florida charge of a single count of aggravated child abuse. Prosecutors said they planned to bring more charges.

    The children have since been placed in foster care.

    Two of the Dollars children were not abused, the sheriff's office has said.
     
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