“Our mission is to keep the community safe and pursue justice, while promoting a fair and equitable criminal justice system,” the State Attorney’s Office said in a statement. “We follow the rule of the law and do not pursue charges unless we have a good faith belief based on the evidence that the person committed the crime of which he or she is accused. In working with law enforcement during a thorough investigation of the Hoskinson case, we determined that a key witness fabricated and manipulated evidence and that there was not credible evidence to pursue the charges at issue. Accordingly, we have declined to file charges and have closed the investigation.”
What started as an argument with a family member turned physical when Kimberly Hoskinson pushed the victim and Michael Hoskinson punched the victim twice in the ribs, investigators said at the time.
“The Tampa Police Department made arrests in the Hoskinson case based on probable cause and in the interest of protecting a victim,” the department said in a statement. “As is standard in such cases, the investigation continued after the arrest. As a result of that thorough investigation new information came to light, which resulted in the actions announced by the State Attorneys Office today.”
The Hoskinsons, who were silent as they wiped tears from their eyes during a Monday afternoon press conference, will meet with district officials within the next few days to determine their future positions.
“The district is sensitive to everything the Hoskinsons have gone through,” Hillsborough schools said in a statement. “Their positions with the district have not been determined at this time.”
Autopsy determines girl whose dad said she
choked on milk died from ‘homicidal violence’
DALLAS, TX – A 3-year-old Texas girl whose body was found near her home more than a week after her adopted father told police she went missing, died from “homicidal violence,” according to an autopsy report.
Sherin Mathews’ death was a “homicide,” but the exact cause could not be determined due to the body’s extensive decomposition, Steven Kurtz, a spokesman for the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office, told People.
Sherin was reported missing Oct. 7, but her body wasn’t found until Oct. 22 and identified days later. Her adopted father, Wesley Mathews, admitted to police that he removed Sherin’s body from the home after changing his story multiple times on the events leading up to her death.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the couple left Sherin home alone the night before her disappearance.
The attorney representing Sini Mathews said the report, received Tuesday evening from the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, does not implicate her in Sherin’s death.
Attorneys for Sherin’s adoptive parents received a copy of the autopsy report.
Sini and her husband, Wesley Mathews, are expected in court Wednesday morning for a CPS custody hearing for their 4-year-old biological daughter.
Wesley Mathews is charged with injury to a child, while Sini is charged with abandoning or endangering a child.
Wednesday would mark the third CPS hearing for the Mathews parents. During a hearing in late November, doctors testified that Sherin showed signs of abuse.
Last month, the couple temporarily lost their rights to see their biological child.
School resource officer suspended during
Child Abuse investigation
OKALOOSA COUNTY, FL – A former Okaloosa County school resource officer was suspended for “allegations of unsatisfactory performance and not obeying the rules”, according to a report released by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO).
It all came to light, the OCSO reports, when the sheriff’s office began investigating allegations of child abuse at Kenwood Elementary School in May.
OCSO launched an internal investigation when child protection investigators with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) revealed the resource officer did not help or cooperate with multiple ongoing child abuse investigations at the elementary school.
Officials say Officer Dwayne Vasiloff wrote seven initial child abuse reports between August 2016 and June of 2017. However, during that same time, DCF investigators made 46 investigative visits to the school.
The internal investigation deemed Vasiloff neglected his duty and was “content” with DCF handle the investigations and the resulting workload.
While Vasiloff denied any wrongdoing, he was suspended without pay, reassigned and put on probation. The sheriff’s office said Vasiloff retired in July before finishing his probation.
The State Attorney’s Office said the investigation has “no bearing on the ongoing criminal investigation in the Marlynn Stillions case”, according to OCSO. Channel 3 News reached out to Assistant State Attorney Greg Marcille, who said Vasiloff is “not a suspect at this time. The investigation is ongoing and if additional facts come forward it is possible that status could change.”
The special needs teacher faces four counts of child abuse related to allegations she abused a boy with Autism.
On Monday, the school board will hold its regular meeting less than an hour after the superintendent holds a press conference.
The father of the child who was allegedly abused believes the school district tried to cover up signs of abuse.
Others in the community said it’s time for more oversight.
The saga began in 2015 at Kenwood Elementary School, when Eddie Perillo’s nonverbal autistic son moved into the classroom of Marlynn Stillions.
Eddie’s son spent more than a year in the teacher’s classroom. At the same time, Eddie noticed changes to his son’s behavior.
“He became aggressive and he had aggressive behavior and just was acting a little different,” Perillo said.
It took until May of 2017 when Perillo was able to obtain a copy of a school district investigation, which accused Stillions of abusing the children in her care, for Perillo to learn about the alleged abuse.
“I believe she knew about it. To be honest with you, that’s my thoughts on everything. and if she didn’t, which is very hard to believe, she definitely should’ve been aware of it and taken action,” Perillo said.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigated the claims and made three arrests, including the teacher, the principal of Kenwood Elementary and the school district’s investigator.
Other members of the autism community, like Angela Hager in Okaloosa County, said it’s a crossroad for the district.
Her autistic son spent almost two decades in Okaloosa County schools.
“I was shocked and very disturbed that not only those events happening, that there were so many witnesses that had seen these things happen and did not come forward until there was an employee intervention being conducted,” Hager said.
She’s on the agenda to speak at Monday night’s meeting.
“I think that there are things that can be done to fix this. That’s what I want to see. It’s not that I’ve lost all faith, it’s just that there are deficiencies that need to be addressed,” Hager said.
I turned the knob and the door cracked open, suddenly the all too familiar smell was all around me, and on me. As I finished opening the door, the smell of my 3rd son drew closer around me, holding to me tightly.
The next afternoon I turned the knob, and as I opened the door and held it, my Mother looked into my eyes and nodded, then my Niece did also, as they proceeded into the big room, moving to the chairs I had marked with my eyes.
The table was filled with gamblers, all holding the winning hand, including the nurse at the far end of the table; she knew her part by heart, and in fact was certain of an academy award, until she looked into the eyes she knew so well….
These people had lied to me since the day before, and evidently thought we were dumb as dirt. Never in my life had I ever imagined the day when the people I respected so much would instead prove to be as low as the most evil criminals.
I listened as each one at the table had their say, then, while slowly standing up, I looked from one, to the next in turn all around the table. I explained the difference in “no activity” with a swollen head, and a “brain stem test”, then I looked into each set of eyes, and said NO ONE WILL BE TURNING MY SON’S VENTILATOR OFF TODAY, NOR EVER.
My Brother called me 3 years ago, and told me to hurry. When I got to the place, he met me at the door, and we went to the young Lady’s room.
Nurses were all standing around staring at the relative, as my Brother asked my opinion. I said heroin???? NO WAY, maybe PCP, but you remember when I was in the hospital and went out of my head 2 different times???? He said that’s why I called you.
When I said, “considering how hard she fell when she was blind-sided, I would have to believe bone marrow was in her system and going to her brain, but apparently she didn’t break nothing”. The nurses looked like I had slapped them.
These people failed to X-Ray this young Lady, missed a broken hip, then left the illicit drugs misdiagnosis on her record to cover their incompetence. The sad part of this is that she had been in the hospital for nearly 3 full days.
My Little Brother was the victim of a poorly trained employee at Insurance Market Place. We got their attention by contacting Our Elected Officials.
However, while filing an appeal, I had to rush My Brother to the ER. Later he was diagnosed with pancreatitis, but sent home without a Doctor doing anything.
To say he was in agony, is like saying a blow torch is warm, because Our Circle on Google had told me so. After over a month, we won his appeal, and he was checked into Parkland Hospital, where he stayed for 4 days then released.
All this time He has been losing weight, and still hurting badly almost all the time.
This week I went with him to his appointments, before Chemo, and for whatever reason, between our questions, it fell out of these people’s mouth that he hasn’t been getting any real treatment due to the drugs in his system.
I believe my Brother got their attention by telling them between Parkland Hospital and Insurance Market Place, they were responsible for him losing nearly 40 lbs and everything else, plus knowing the pain he was in, yet not prescribing him anything.
But now I don’t mind telling everyone that I got my Brother the medicine for pain. I am unable to take anything like this and muscle relaxers, so I didn’t know….
I’m sorry Little Brother, and I have to admit this to all of you, I knew how he was hurting, and I knew his stress and depression first hand, yet I made him even more miserable because I kept thinking I was going to go wake him up one day and he wasn’t going to wake up.
SO, this is for all of you….
First, I checked if anything had turned up on the VA Hospital Drug Thefts, and oddly enough nothing has been posted since roughly the end of May.
BUT, I did come across some very interesting facts:
Doctors and Nurses are more likely than other occupations to form a substance addiction.
Studies suggest that Medical Professionals are more likely to misuse prescription drugs than their patients.
Substance Abuse is grossly unreported in medical community by an estimated 50% and most likely much higher.
*15% of all physicians and nurses will experience substance abuse issues, although this number could quiet possibly be as much as 50% higher
**20% of all physicians and nurses will experience substance abuse issues, although this number could quiet possibly be more than 50% higher