Saturday, November 21, 2009


Tampa, FL (SafeCITY) - Stacey Joanna Horace, a 31-year-old Florida woman was arrested Tuesday on allegations she used hammers, belts, extension cords, wooden spoons and a stun gun to discipline her children.

According to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, an investigation was launched in early November after child protective services received a report of child abuse via the Temple Terrace Police Department.

Investigators say Horace used a variety of tools to punish her children (ages 11 months to 10-years-old) including hammers, belts, wooden spoons, extension cords and even a stun gun.

Deputies also believe Horace held one of her children underwater, threw urine on him and spat in his face. The alleged abuse reportedly went on for 5 years, according to the Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Horace was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on a single charge of felony child abuse. She was released after posting a $2,000 bond. The children were reportedly placed with family members.

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