Rebecca Turner hit with myriad drugs and child abuse charges

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A Florida woman has been charged with a dizzying array of crimes related to child abuse, child neglect and large-scale drug trafficking.

Rebecca Turner, 35, was originally arrested on one count of trafficking fentanyl; methamphetamine trafficking; possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; and possession and/or use of narcotics and an additional minor drug charge.

“During the search warrant, investigators located a small yellow back [sic] in a crib, in the master bedroom, which contained personal documents and clothing for Turner,” the Panama City Police Department wrote in a sworn complaint obtained by Law&Crime. “In the bag, investigators located a formal baby [sic] box that contained several plastic bags containing different substances.

Authorities allege that these bags contained, based on field testing, multiple doses of fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine, as well as a bag containing “a green leafy substance”.

“The amount of fentanyl confiscated is equivalent to more than 34,000 lethal doses of the drug,” the PCPD said in a press release issued January 20, 2022. “In all, more than 76 grams of methamphetamine were confiscated, along with more than 21 grams of marijuana.

The huge drug trade was facilitated by a child abuse investigation that began the day before. Police said they were notified by the Florida Department of Children and Families of “possible abuse of a child in the suspect’s care.”

Turner was also charged with two counts of child abuse and violating the terms of her probation on the day of the raid.

A separate affidavit describes the child abuse allegations that led police to the defendant’s home in the first place.

This court document notes, in relevant part:

In June 2021, the [redacted] the victim was seen by the Children’s Advocacy Center for physical injuries, including multiple bruises. [sic] on the inside of his thighs and behind his knee, places where a child of the victim’s age would not normally hurt themselves by falling or playing.

In January 2022, the victim was seen by the Department of Children and Families due to a report of abuse. The victim now [redacted], had bruises all over his body and bruises on his back and thigh. Two witnesses provided sworn statements of how they saw the defendant hit the victim, including with objects such as a kitchen spoon and a cell phone.

“In a post-Miranda statement, the defendant stated that she was the victim’s primary caretaker,” the affidavit continues. “She described him as a child who plays a lot, bumps into walls, falls off beds and counters. She couldn’t explain the patterned bruises on her thighs.

Two days later, Turner had ten additional counts brought against her: one count of child abuse aggravated by malicious punishment, three counts of child neglect, four counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute it within 1,000 feet of a school, and two counts of delivering a controlled substance to a minor.

Another affidavit describes some of these allegations:

During a forensic interview, the accused [redacted] stated that the defendant had made a [redacted] she was busy taking a cold shower for a potty training accident. The minor also witnessed the defendant deny food and drink to the toddler in a bid to prevent him from urinating or defecating on himself.

An adult witness, who provided a sworn statement, entered the bedroom while the victim was in the cold shower and saw him shiver. This witness also knew that the accused had withheld food from the victim, so she tried to pass food to him without the knowledge of the accused.

By forcing the [redacted] victim in a cold shower, causing him to become very cold, the defendant engaged in an act harmful to the victim for the primary purpose or caused him unjustifiable pain.

By denying the victim food and drink as punishment, the defendant neglected to provide the victim in her care with food and nutrition that would be considered essential to the well-being of the victim.

In another affidavit, police allege the defendant also kept fentanyl in her bathroom “near” the 7-year-old and the 5-month-old. Authorities also allege that Turner’s 12-year-old daughter said her mother provided her and her 15-year-old brother with “marijuana to smoke” and that she would “sometimes smoke pot.” marijuana with them”.

Some of these court documents are available below:

[image via Bay County Jail]

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