Florida Woman Had ‘Gut Feeling,’ Witnessed Boyfriend on Security Cam App Fracture Son’s Skull with Mop: Police

florida woman witnessed boyfriend fracture sons skull
Source: Volusia County Sheriff's Office

May 14 2023, Published 3:53 p.m. ET

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A man from Florida was taken into custody for reportedly using a mop handle to fracture the skull of his girlfriend's 5-year-old son, after the boy wet the bed, according to authorities.

Court records show Shawn Stone, 32, was charged with aggravated child abuse after his girlfriend watched the incident unfold on a camera app on her phone, WOFL reported.

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According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the woman went to a doctor’s appointment with her daughter on May 9. She had a “gut feeling” something was wrong, so she checked the camera app on her phone and reportedly saw Stone standing over her son – who was in a fetal position on the bed – hitting him over and over.

Deputies said the boy got up from the bed, but then Stone kicked him even as the boy begged him to stop.

Stone then grabbed a mop and started striking the boy with it, which is when the camera application suddenly stopped working, police said.

When officers spoke with Stone, they said he admitted to being angry after he realized the boy had urinated on the bed. He told police he slapped the boy in the mouth and grabbed a mop to “pop it” over his head, but denied ever hitting the boy with it, according to officials.

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The child had several injuries, including a split lip with fresh blood, bruises to the eyes and top of his head, facial bruising and a bruise on his left thigh the shape of a mop handle, detectives said.

Sheriff Mike Chitwood claimed Stone tried to flee on an ATV, but deputies soon captured him and he is being held without bond.


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