June 26, 2009
Aja Feagin Jail Booking Report
Angela Hammond Jail Booking Report
Tampa, Florida (The Weekly Vice) -- Aja Feagin, a 24-year-old Tampa woman already on probation for child neglect charges has been arrested again for neglecting and abusing her 3-year-old son. Her live-in girlfriend, Angela Hammond, 26, delivered the beating that alerted day care workers to the continued abuse.
The alleged abuse was uncovered by watchful and concerned day care workers, who reported their suspicions to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators from the sheriff’s office took the boy to be examined, where medical staff determined the child had been injured on purpose.
Investigators say Hammond beat the boy because he accidentally urinated in his pants.
The sheriff’s office reported that the child had bruises on his back, arms and buttocks. In addition, investigators say that the child had a large, open sore on his bottom, which had gone untreated, leading to infection severe enough to require surgery at Tampa General Hospital.
Further details from the arrest report allege that Hammond became angry after the accident, and beat him with a cotton belt, her bare hand, and then sent him to a corner for a “time out” after his nose started bleeding. Hammond told investigators she has a problem with anger. You think?
According to court records, Feagin was arrested in March of 2008 after daycare workers noticed the child had been abused. She was sentenced to 24 months of probation and ordered to take parenting classes. Hammond was not charged at that time.
Feagin is now incarcerated in the Hillsborough County Jail on charges of child abuse and child neglect. She remains held without bond on the child abuse charge.
Angela Hammond was jailed on two counts of aggravated child abuse, where she also remains without bond.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Twice now that same couple has been charged with abusing and/or neglecting this little boy. The first time the State of Florida let him down by giving him back to this couple. Let us all hope that this time it doesn’t.
Thumbs up to the alert daycare workers who noticed the continued abuse. Thumbs down to the legal system that kept this boy in danger with little or no follow up.
The Weekly Vice
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