Samantha Broadhead gets no jail time or criminal record after trying to kill her mom by setting her bed afire /Jack Ault sentenced to nine months to two and a half years in a juvenile facility/ Samantha's mother denied visit with Samantha

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Post by Nama on Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:53 pm

Rick and Dana Lucas look at a picture of Nancy Broadhead’s daughter as a baby. They helped care for her until she was 4.

When Pasco County residents Rick and Dana Lucas heard that Nancy Broadhead's 11-year-old daughter was accused of trying to burn her mom alive, their shock resonated beyond the news.

They were taken back more than a decade to a time when the couple worried daily about the little girl but felt helpless to save her.

The girl, who the St. Petersburg Times is not naming because of her age, spent much of her early childhood with the Lucas family — and for a time, was considered a part of it.

She came into Rick Lucas' life as an unwanted entity, the sort of permanent reminder of a brief relationship gone bad. He was single, for the most part, a shade older than 40, commitment-free. He spent his extra money on ski vacations and Vegas trips, not diapers and kids' clothes.

But Nancy Broadhead, he said, told him the girl was his daughter. And by then, he'd met Dana, the woman he would eventually marry.

"I didn't want the responsibility. I was living the good life," Rick Lucas said. "But (that little girl), she changed it."

At the time, in 1998, he was living in Clearwater, working in the telecommunications field. And even though he had moved on from their relationship, he still stayed close to Broadhead, if only for the baby.

Broadhead would drop off her daughter with the Lucases while she was at work. Sometimes, the Lucases say, she would leave her there for days without announcing when she would return — a claim that Broadhead denies.

For the new family, the girl's presence was a burden.

"Our life was literally turned upside down," Dana Lucas said.

Before the girl's first birthday, her paternity was sorted out. A man named William J. Forsman, now in a Georgia prison, was her father. But that didn't change anything.

"She was already in our lives, in our home, in our heart," Dana said.

The girl's visits, as many as three or four times a week, would continue for years.

The burden evolved into a blessing.

"She called me 'Daddy,' " Rick said.

To this day, he keeps pictures of the girl in his wallet.

The gruff man, who never wanted kids, was turning soft.

Rick and Dana Lucas fondly remember taking the girl to the zoo, swimming and out to dinner. They remember how she loved to catch lizards whenever they took her to Rick's father's house in Largo.

A moment indelible on Dana's mind was a time when the girl, just a toddler, waddled over to her husband as he stood on the front porch and patted him on the foot.

"Sit here," she said, "sit here."

She directed him next to her on the steps. She wanted him to blow bubbles with her.

"She opened him up. If it wasn't for her, we wouldn't have kids," said Dana Lucas, 46.

The couple now has two children of their own, ages 6 and 7. They have a photo of the girl holding their oldest daughter.

Every Christmas, Dana Lucas would pick out a Precious Moments ornament.

"Train, elephant, giraffe, lion," she recalled. "We only got to four."

Before the girl's fourth birthday, the couple's relationship with Nancy Broadhead had turned sour. A shadow that had been hanging over their time with the girl was beginning to emerge into something more tangible.

Broadhead was convicted of driving under the influence in 2002. At the time of her arrest, her daughter was in the back seat.

The Lucases said Broadhead had driven after drinking with her daughter in the car more than once. They believed she wasn't raising the girl the way a child should be raised.

They called the Department of Children and Families multiple times on Broadhead over the years for various incidents they believed were endangering the girl, Dana Lucas said, but nothing ever came of it.

"We called the 800 number. They said they would look into it. That was it," she said.

Years later, a child abuse file on Broadhead would be opened and closed, citing insufficient evidence. Clearwater police records indicate that a visit to Broadhead's house showed holes punched through walls, and marijuana in open view on a table.

"It was like the dominoes were falling and falling and falling — and now this comes out," Dana Lucas said. "That baby is in a black hole and now there's no way out."

The Lucases said while they did everything they legally could do to help the girl, they felt stonewalled by the system, and by the fact that if they pushed too hard, they were afraid Broadhead would stop letting her daughter spend time with them.

After Broadhead found out about one of the calls to Children and Families, Dana Lucas said, their fears came true.

"We'll never see her again. We knew it," she said.

Broadhead said the call was unfounded.

"He (Rick) was trying to say I wasn't getting (my daughter) medical care," Broadhead said. "That wasn't true. When she needed it, she was always at the doctor's (office)."

Despite their repeated efforts, the Lucases still bear guilt from their part-time daughter, and wish, somehow they could have done more.

"We failed her. Period. We, as people, failed her," Dana Lucas said. "As hard as we tried, we were stonewalled around every corner."

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Post by Nama on Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:32 am

Jack Ault, 15, enters Judge Jack Day’s courtroom Friday, where he pleaded guilty to attempted murder, arson and grand theft.

At Friday's hearing, Ault pleaded guilty to two charges stemming from a previous fight with his sister, and three charges stemming from the fire: attempted murder, arson and grand theft auto. The teenager was not asked to speak, other than to answer questions from Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Jack Day about whether he understood his rights.

Ault's sentencing has been tentatively scheduled for Jan. 25.

Mastrangelo, Ault's mother, said she was told that her son likely will be placed in a maximum-level juvenile program for roughly two years. However, in such programs, a youth can stay confined for more or less time, depending on his behavior and how well he progress in educational and other programs.

Assistant Public Defender Dwight Wolfe said Ault is "100 percent committed to being successful at it. His mother is a great support. She encourages him and she'll be there for him."

Mastrangelo said she still believes in her son, and does not believe he was present to pour gasoline on or around Broadhead's bed — although she did not deny that he had some involvement in what happened.

"I'm grateful for what he got," she said, adding that she was told that he could face 15 years to life if charged as an adult.

Ault and the girl met at a church youth group, Mastrangelo said.

Mastrangelo has visited her son at the Juvenile Detention Center, she said, and he has expressed more worries about her than about himself.

In a recent letter, he wrote, "I'm sorry for missing your birthday," and promised to make her a cake when he is freed.

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Post by Nama on Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:02 am

A 15-year-old boy has been sentenced to a juvenile offender program for his part in an alleged plot with an 11-year-old girl to kill the girl's mother by setting her bedroom on fire.

Jack Ault's mother said Monday he will have to spend nine months to two and a half years in a juvenile facility. Ault pleaded guilty earlier this month to five charges, including attempted murder, arson and grand theft auto. Ault could have faced life in prison if prosecuted as an adult.

Police say Ault and Samantha Broadhead poured gasoline around Nancy Broadhead's bed and set it on fire Dec. 29. Nancy Broadhead was burned, but is recovering.

Samantha Broadhead also is being prosecuted as a juvenile and still faces trial.

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Post by Nama on Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:06 am

A 15-year-old boy who admitted to helping his 11-year-old girlfriend set fire to her mother will serve at least nine months in juvenile detention and remain under court supervision until he turns 21, said his mother, Shannon Ault.

Circuit Judge Jack Day sentenced Jack Ault on Monday for his role in the attempted murder Dec. 29 of Nancy Broadhead.

Broadhead survived the fire with serious burns on her hands and arms. Her 11-year-old daughter, Samantha Broadhead, also faced charges in the case and is in the custody of her aunt.

Day set no time limits on Ault's commitment as a juvenile delinquent. Ault's mother said he will serve nine months to 21/2 years in juvenile programs under terms of a confidential recommendation by the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Day said Ault must remain in juvenile detention until he can enter a state program for "moderate risk" juveniles, where he will get mental health counseling. Day said the court will retain jurisdiction over the boy until he reaches 21.

Once he achieves certain goals, he can graduate to a "conditional release" program that is similar to probation, his mother said.

The judge also set other conditions: Ault cannot have any contact with Nancy or Samantha Broadhead, cannot possess any weapons after his release from custody, and must submit to drug tests, enroll in an educational program, and get a job to help pay the victim's medical expenses and other costs.

He ordered Shannon Ault to pay $5 a day to cover the cost of supervision for her son until he is released by the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Police said Ault and Samantha Broadhead poured gasoline around Nancy Broadhead's bed while she was sleeping, then set fire to it and fled in her car.

Ault pleaded guilty to attempted murder, arson and grand theft auto as well as to battery and aggravated assault related to a separate incident of domestic violence involving his mother and sister.

Shannon Ault blames Samantha Broadhead for getting her son into trouble. She said the two met while attending a church youth program.

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Post by Nama on Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:07 am

Jack Ault, the 15-year-old boy who helped set fire to the home of his 11-year-old girlfriend's mother, was sentenced to a "moderate risk" juvenile program Monday afternoon.

That means he could spend nine months to two and a half years in a juvenile facility, his mother, Shannon Mastrangelo, said while leaving the court.

"I'm really happy," she said, compared to the adult prison sentence or longer juvenile sentence he might have faced.

She maintains the 11-year-old girl was the person mainly responsible for the fire. The girl has a tentative trial date of March 24.

The victim in the fire, Nancy Broadhead, did not speak in court on Monday, although she had previously made it clear she wanted the opportunity to attend. Her attorney said the main reason she came was to endorse the arrangement that led to the juvenile sanctions for Ault.

No one in the courtroom discussed the reasoning behind placing Ault in a "moderate risk" juvenile program, rather than a "maximum risk" program that likely would have kept him locked up for a longer period.

The juvenile program is considered "performance based," meaning youths can be released earlier, or locked up longer, based on how well they do at meeting their educational and other goals.

Assistant Public Defender Dwight Wolfe said he believes Ault will do well in the program, because he has good family support from his mother and grandmother and that "Jack seems very committed to getting his life straightened out."

Ault and the 11-year-old girl were arrested after the Dec. 29 incident in which Broadhead woke up to discover her Clearwater home had been set on fire. Her first instinct was to call out for her daughter's safety.

Ault pleaded guilty in juvenile court this month to five charges, including attempted murder, arson and grand theft auto. He also pleaded guilty to two charges that were unrelated to the fire.

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Post by Nama on Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:16 am

The 11-year-old girl accused of trying to kill her mother by setting her on fire will go to trial on March 24, a judge decided today.

Samantha Broadhead has been charged with attempted murder as a juvenile and been released to the custody of an aunt pending trial.

It also is possible a plea bargain could be reached, negating the need for a trial.

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Post by Nama on Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:17 am

The 11-year-old Clearwater girl accused of setting her mother on fire in December appeared in juvenile court Wednesday morning and learned she has a potential trial date of March 24. Her attorney, Roger Futerman, said the state Department of Juvenile Justice already has recommended potential sanctions for her, but he declined to disclose them. Futerman said he is still reviewing evidence, including a silver-colored lighter with a fingerprint on it that may have been used to set the blaze. It's not yet known whose fingerprint is on the lighter. The girl was released from the Pinellas County Juvenile Detention Center and has been staying with an aunt while awaiting trial.

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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:21 am

They know whose fingerprint is on that lighter, what a bunch of b.s. I do NOT think that Samantha should have to be charged with this. She needs mental help. She should not be with her aunt. She needs mental care. She is only 11 and has lived with an abusive alcoholic. I am sad for her.

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Post by Nama on Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:27 am

I wondered about the fingerprint, too. Wouldn't Ault's attorney refuse to put him on trial until prints from the lighter were taken. If not then he's a lousy attorney.

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Jack Ault, center, looks toward his mother, Shannon Mastrangelo, as the courtroom crowd exits after his sentencing.

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Jack's mother is getting married tomorrow.

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No congrats sent her way. What a horrible excuse for a mother. She is as bad as Ron and Misty.

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Post by Marica on Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:46 pm

My GOD, he is just a little boy.. and to have this kind of behavior.. Mommy should be going into lock up too.
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Post by artgal16 on Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:47 pm

This is a child - the wrong people are on trial
try both their mothers -for impersonating mothers which neither one of them obviously is - god Im appalled at this.
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An 11-year-old girl left court Monday facing no jail time and no criminal record even though she told authorities she tried to kill her mom by setting her bed afire.

A judge agreed with attorneys in the case that Samantha Broadhead acted only after a lifetime of abuse at the hands of Nancy Broadhead, starting with heavy drinking while the woman carried the child in her womb and ending the day the bed burned.

On that day, Dec. 29, Samantha awakened to a slap in the face from her mother, authorities say.

The Department of Children & Families had investigated Nancy Broadhead a half dozen times, looking for evidence of neglect and abuse. An older son was taken from her in a divorce, and Samantha was taken from her twice by DCF, but she retained custody of the girl.

How could that be?

"The state attorney said it was a product of legislative intent," said Samantha's attorney, Roger Futerman. "The ultimate goal is to reunite mother and child."
Mother and daughter now will be separated by court order.

Staying away from her mother is one condition of Samantha's probation. She also must refrain from contact with her co-defendant and boyfriend, Jack Ault, who at age 15 was sentenced to a juvenile offenders program for his part in the arson.

In addition, juvenile court Judge Jack Day ordered Samantha to undergo treatment in a residential psychiatric center; stay away from drugs and alcohol; do 50 hours of community service; remain close to Lakeland, where she is living with an aunt; and write a letter of apology to her mother.

"You can make the rest of your life a whole lot better than everything that led up to your 12th birthday," Day told the girl, who turns 12 Friday.

Futerman provided details of what led up to the murder attempt, citing one of the injuries DCF investigated.

"It's hard for me to relate to how a 4-year-old can have 4-inch welts on her buttocks, and the mother saying she sat on a stove," he said.

Nancy Broadhead tried to sit behind her daughter in court Monday before she was told to move. She declined to comment to a reporter and didn't say anything in court.

After the sentencing, Futerman read from 1,800 pages of DCF documents that influenced Day's ruling, including his decision to withhold any judgment of guilt if Samantha completes probation successfully.

The documents won't be made public until another judge reviews them. The judge, Pinellas Chief Circuit Judge J. Thomas McGrady, decided to release the documents in response to a lawsuit by News Channel 8 and DCF.

According to separate court records, police arrested Nancy Broadhead for driving under the influence of alcohol in 2002 with 4-year-old Samantha in the car. The mother's blood-alcohol level was four times the level at which Florida law deems drivers intoxicated.

In 2005, there were two cases in which Broadhead was accused of beating Samantha while intoxicated. The Pinellas County State Attorney's Office ended up dropping charges in those cases.

Futerman, reading from the DCF records, told of an investigation in 1998 when Broadhead was pregnant and drinking, an incident where she was found intoxicated in a motel with a child, and a 2003 probation violation for using marijuana.

Samantha and Ault both were charged with attempted murder, arson and grand theft after their arrests Dec. 29 after fleeing in Nancy Broadhead's car as the family's Clearwater home burned.

The mother needs still needs skin grafts for burns.

In June at a court hearing, Nancy Broadhead asked that Samantha be prosecuted as a juvenile, not an adult, for trying to kill her. "Hey, Sam," she said then to her daughter, as the girl was led from court. Samantha turned and replied, "I love you."

At the courthouse, Futerman described his client as the victim.

"She suffered a lifetime of abuse by a drunken, abusive mother," he said. "This is a very damaged child who came from a very sad environment."

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Post by artgal16 on Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:51 am

Well, finally justice was served. Lets see if they give this child the help she needs and the biggest thing they can do is keep her away from her so-called mother.
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Although prosecutors once pleaded with a judge to keep her locked up, the 11-year-old Clearwater girl accused of setting her mother on fire has been sentenced to probation.

That's a big contrast compared to early stages of the case, when the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office said "she's a danger to herself, and she's a danger to the community," and seriously considered whether to try to indict the girl in the adult court system for attempted murder.

It's also a contrast to her 15-year-old accomplice, who was sentenced to a juvenile program that could keep him locked up for two years.

The girl, with her blond hair tied back, wearing black slacks and a green top, pleaded guilty on Monday to juvenile charges of attempted murder, arson and grand theft. It all stemmed from a December night in which she and Jack Ault, her boyfriend, were accused of dousing her mother's bed with gasoline and setting it ablaze. Nancy Broadhead, then 47, suffered serious burns and smoke inhalation.

On Monday, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Jack Day sentenced her to "indefinite probation," and to comply with doctors' recommendations that she stay in a mental health facility for as long as needed. The sentence prohibits her from contacting her accomplice, Ault, and says she can only talk to her mother/victim under the terms of a separate child welfare court case. Also, a formal finding of guilt was withheld.

"You can make the rest of your life look a whole lot better than everything up to your 12th birthday," Day said to the girl at the hearing Monday. "Maybe that's going to be a real turning point for you."

The girl, who is not named in this story because of her age, turns 12 on Friday.

Although the girl will be sent to a treatment facility for mental health issues, her sentence does not call for her to be incarcerated within the juvenile justice system.

Her sentence was a result of a plea agreement, and was based on recommendations from the state's Department of Juvenile Justice, and doctors who evaluated her in recent weeks.

Joseph Walker, head of the juvenile division for the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office, said his office agreed to the arrangement because of those recommendations, and also because of the girl's age and lack of prior record, as well as "abuse issues."

The girl's attorney, Roger Futerman, called the arrangement a "best-interest plea," meaning the girl pleaded guilty because it was in her best interest to do so.

The sentence was appropriate because she had been raised in an abusive household led by her mother, the same woman who was burned in the fire, Futerman said.

At the moment, the girl is living with her aunt Linda Broadhead in Lakeland, and Futerman said he hopes that arrangement eventually can become permanent.

Neither Broadhead nor her attorney could be reached later for comment.

But in a January interview with the St. Petersburg Times, Nancy Broadhead said issues such as alcohol and abuse were behind her. She also described her daughter as "a wonderful little person."

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The strange tale of the 11-year-old Clearwater girl who set her mother on fire ended earlier this month, when she pleaded guilty and was ordered into residential mental health treatment.

But documents released Wednesday show the beginning of the story, painting a picture of what life was like for the skinny blond-haired girl who would eventually ignite her mother's bed.

Ten times in 11 years, workers from the foster care system investigated reports that claimed the girl was a victim of abuse or neglect. She was taken out of her home and placed with relatives twice, although she returned.

The records say her mother, Nancy Broadhead, "drank a glass of wine the night before giving birth," and had an alcohol problem. In 2000 the girl's day care workers noticed Broadhead would "stumble and smell of alcohol."

In a 2005 case, state officials said Broadhead "hit her with an open hand, a closed hand and kicked her." In 2007, "the child stated that her mother drank every day and that her mother hit her on the butt with a belt. Court-ordered supervision was reopened as the mother was continuing to drink and drive with the child," the records state.

But in spite of the similarity of the allegations, workers concluded that in some cases there was not enough evidence to pursue court action. One was considered unfounded in part because it arose from a custody dispute.

The fire case began Dec. 29, when Broadhead woke up to flames in her home. Clearwater police said her daughter and a 15-year-old described as her boyfriend, Jack Ault, poured gasoline around Broadhead's bed and set it afire. Broadhead escaped from the home, but suffered burns that required surgery.

Ault pleaded guilty in juvenile court and was sentenced to a residential juvenile program. The girl, now 12, was sentenced to juvenile probation, and was required to receive residential mental treatment. She was placed under the custody of her aunt in Lakeland.

Roger Futerman, who represented the girl in juvenile court, said Wednesday that "the mother should have been arrested on numerous occasions, and she's not fit to raise the child, let alone ever see the child again."

Broadhead's attorney, Kevin Piccarreto, said Broadhead loves her daughter very much, and "she wants to work on a relationship with her daughter through intense family counseling."

The girl's father was described in the records as someone Broadhead had a "casual relationship" with and that she said "she caught him smoking crack and ended the relationship immediately."

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Nancy Broadhead, right, talks to her sister Linda, left, during sentencing for Samantha Broadhead a March 8, 2010. A judge agreed with attorneys Samantha Broadhead acted only after a lifetime of abuse at the hands of Nancy Broadhead, that ended the day the mother's bed went up in flames.

The aim of child protective officials was to see that Samantha Broadhead lived in a safe and stable home.

But 14 investigations stretching over the 12-year-old's life show the efforts came up short.

A Pinellas juvenile court judge gave the girl another chance earlier this month, refusing to send Samantha to jail for trying to kill her mother by setting her bed afire.

The judge, Jack Day, relied on 1,800 pages of records the Department of Children & Families gathered on abuse allegations against Nancy Broadhead. Those documents were released Wednesday in response to legal action by News Channel 8.

They show a downward spiral of Nancy Broadhead's heavy drinking and neglect of her daughter, escalating to violence. They show a repentant mother changing her ways and reuniting with her daughter – then the cycle beginning again.

Nancy Broadhead is returning to court today to attempt reconciliation and win back visitation rights.

When sentencing Samantha on March 8, Day made staying away from her mother a condition of her probation.

Samantha Broadhead and her 15-year-old boyfriend Jack Ault were arrested Dec. 29 on charges of trying to kill Nancy Broadhead while she slept.

But authorities were familiar with the family long before that incident.

"The primary focus and what we saw to be the main issue here was the alcohol," Nick Cox, DCF regional director, said in an interview today.

He noted that the agency is required by law to keep families intact where possible.

"We had situation here where mom and daughter both repeatedly expressed a desire to stay together," Cox said. "When efforts were made to put them back together, mom excelled at everything she did."

The state first investigated Broadhead about her daughter in 1998, shortly after Samantha was born, for drinking during the pregnancy.

They investigated bruises and welts, mom taking a 2-year-old Samantha into bars and driving while intoxicated. As the years past, Nancy Broadhead was accused of punching Samantha in the face and taking a belt to her bottom.

In 2002, authorities came out to see how Samantha got "4 inch-long welts on her bottom." Broadhead told investigators Samantha got them sitting on the stove. The investigator said Broadhead drinks "like said sailor," and almost every day.

The state took Samantha away from Nancy Broadhead in 2005 and placed her with her grandmother.

Investigators came up with a game plan including counseling and anger management. Nancy Broadhead complied and Samantha was returned to her.

"Nancy is doing all the right things," one case worker wrote in 2005. "(Samantha) needs to be back with her mother, she misses being with her. I have no problem with her being returned to mom's home."

When caseworkers visited the home they would find it clean, food in the fridge and no injuries. In their lingo, "all of the child's basic needs are being met." Neighbors would tell them Nancy Broadhead had changed and was active in her daughter's life.

But still the abuse reports came in.

When a child protection investigator showed up in February 2007 to see about using the belt, she found Nancy Broadhead smelling of beer, her eyes bloodshot.

Samantha told the investigator her mother drank every day and when she did, she "acts stupid." She said she didn't get hit every day. The investigator couldn't find any bruises. Samantha told the investigator if she had one wish it would be for a pony.

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The woman who was set on fire by her daughter requested permission to have visits with the girl, but a judge ruled that she cannot do so yet, according to an attorney involved in the case.

Nancy Broadhead's bed was set on fire by her then-11-year-old daughter and the girl's 15-year-old boyfriend in December. Both youths pleaded guilty to juvenile charges, and the girl has begun mental health treatment.

Records released this week by the state Department of Children and Families indicate the mother has been investigated several times for allegations of abuse and neglect, many of them relating to alcohol use.

But Broadhead has said through her attorney that she loves her daughter and wants to continue a meaningful relationship with her.

Attorney Roger Futerman, who represented the girl in her juvenile case, said on Thursday that the judge has scheduled a June hearing in which he will reconsider the possibility of mother-daughter visits. The judge's decision will take into account the recommendations of mental health professionals.

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Post by Nama on Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:49 pm


Arrest Date : 1-22-2011 Arrested By : CLEARWATER POLICE
Time Booked : 05:54 Total Bond : $513
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Charge 1
STATUTE: 784.047/M
CHARGE: VIOLATION OF INJ PROTECTION AGAINST SEX VIOL
Charge 2
STATUTE: 843.15(1)(B)/M
CHARGE: FTA PETIT THEFT
BOND: 513

Now Jack Ault's sister is in jail too. Their mother must be very proud!

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Post by Wrapitup on Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:18 am

I don't understand the charge:
CHARGE: VIOLATION OF INJ PROTECTION AGAINST SEX VIOL

There was Restraining Order that she violated. I get that part. But what is the "Sex Violation"?????

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Post by charminglane on Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:39 pm

Currently, section 784.087, F.S., reclassifies the felony or misdemeanor degree of assault and battery offenses
committed against a law enforcement officer, firefighter or other specified person. The bill adds licensed
security officers wearing a uniform to the list of specified persons. The bill also adds non-sworn law
enforcement employees who are certified as an agency inspector, blood alcohol analyst, or a breath test
operator while such employee is in uniform and engaged in processing, testing, evaluating, analyzing or
transporting a person who is detained or under arrest for DUI to the list of specified persons. This will have the
effect of increasing the maximum sentence that can be imposed for an assault or battery offense committed
against a security officer or specified non-sworn law enforcement employee in the same manner as if the
offense were committed against a law enforcement officer or firefighter.
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Post by Wrapitup on Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:28 pm

It makes NO sense!! Your question cracks me up, Charm.

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Post by raine1953 on Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:27 pm

It doesn't make any sense!
And as usual, Charm to the rescue with her great wit to get me smiling again! :thanks:
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Post by charminglane on Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:08 pm

Petition for Injunction Against Sexual Violence.
You may file for an Injunction against Sexual Violence if you are a victim of sexual violence as it is defined in the Florida Statutes. To be eligible to file a petition for an Injunction against Sexual Violence you must have reported the incident of violence to the police or other law enforcement agency and be cooperating in any criminal proceeding against the abuser. What is an act of sexual violence under the law is defined in several different sections of the Florida Statutes. The law enforcement agency to which you report the incident of violence will help you understand whether an act of sexual violence, as defined in the law, has been committed.

You also may file any of these petitions on behalf of any minor child (under 18) who is living at home and who is the victim of the violence for which protection is sought.
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Post by Nama on Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:32 pm

This wasn't the only mug shot for Jack's sister. She has been arrested for domestic violence and shoplifting. You can see it all on Florida mugshots. She thinks Jack is going to be the most successful person she's ever met according to her Myspace page of several months ago. You have to wonder what went wrong. I have my own opinions.

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