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    FL - Day care owner commits suicide


    Okaloosa day-care owner commits suicide

    FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) A man fatally shot himself in the day care center he co-owned as investigators showed up to serve him a search warrant on child abuse allegations, Okaloosa County authorities said.

    Jan Ritchie, 51, locked himself in a bathroom at Patti's Day Care where he suffered a bullet wound to the head about 10 a.m. Thursday, sheriff officials said.

    Six children in the daycare center were moved to a secure location when investigators arrived. Authorities forced their way in the bathroom when they heard a gunshot.

    "None of the kids were in the proximity of the gunshot," said Maj. Larry Donaldson with the sheriff's office.

    Authorities have not released details regarding the child abuse allegations against Ritchie.

    "We were participating in an ongoing investigation with the Department of Children & Family Services," Donaldson said
    http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com/...D=200770928006
    All this child abuse is making me sick!!!! What is going on in the world today!!

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    WOW Child abuse is so wide spread.Glad this jerk took his own life, dhis state a lot of money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by philamena View Post
    WOW Child abuse is so wide spread.\Glad this jerk took his own life, save his state a lot of money.
    That's exactly what I was thinking!

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    I don't want to judge without evidence, but his actions scream of guilt.

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    How nice that he had a gun on the premises.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    How nice that he had a gun on the premises.
    Of a daycare center. Good grief!

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    From what I saw on the news, the daycare was located in the rear of a residence (probably adjoined to the owners home) which explains the gun being around.
    There was a spokesperson for the family speaking and what appeared to be the wife on the news; they denied any wrongdoing but I agree with Calikid....I don't want to judge, but his actions scream guilt!

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    Here is a new article regarding this .......


    Parents: Son was abused at Patti's Day Care more than a year ago

    FORT WALTON BEACH — Two days after a day care co-owner shot and killed himself during a sex abuse investigation, two parents of a 3-year-old boy say he abused their son more than a year ago.

    But they say their case was dropped.

    “I’m done crying. I’m pissed off,” the mother said Saturday at an indoor playground at a fast food restaurant.

    The Daily News has agreed not to identify the parents to protect the boy’s identity.
    The mother says her son was 2 years old when he started staying at Patti’s Day Care in April 2006.

    “He was a completely different child” when he came home from day care, she said. “He’d wake up in the middle of the night, screaming” and struggled against anyone who tried to change his diaper.

    “The last straw” was when she picked him up and found his diaper completely full and filthy, she said. She pulled him from Patti’s in May and took him to stay with his grandmother in Alabama.

    The grandmother called just days later and said the boy had an infection and that it was getting worse.

    “They about didn’t let me leave the state of Alabama with him” after doctors examined the infection, she said.

    It turned out to be sexually transmitted.

    Doctors in Alabama suspected abuse, and the mother had to prove to them that she’d already called the Florida child abuse hotline against Patti’s Day Care before they let her take her son back home.



    http://www.nwfdailynews.com/article/9330

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    AND HER CASE WAS DROPPED?!?!?! Sounds like another case of Department of Human Services (or whatever they call it there) messed up severely AGAIN.

    I am glad he decided to play executioner, but so relieved he didn't decide to take anyone else with him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeriouslySearching View Post
    AND HER CASE WAS DROPPED?!?!?! Sounds like another case of Department of Human Services (or whatever they call it there) messed up severely AGAIN.

    I am glad he decided to play executioner, but so relieved he didn't decide to take anyone else with him.

    This is unusual as most will go forever with their charades. I too am glad he chose this route.


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    The child was diagnosed with genital warts....a 3 yr old little boy....Can you imagine!!!! I really don't know what I would have done if I were this parent but you probably would have had a thread about it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeriouslySearching View Post
    AND HER CASE WAS DROPPED?!?!?! Sounds like another case of Department of Human Services (or whatever they call it there) messed up severely AGAIN.

    I am glad he decided to play executioner, but so relieved he didn't decide to take anyone else with him.
    After reading your post I went back to the top of the thread to look- uh huh, Florida again. I don't want to insult any of you who live there, but some areas do have a problem with doing proper investigations of abuse charges.

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    How in the world could they have dropped the case? Was LE involved in the complaint or just CPS? I would have taken my child straight to LE first. I don't see how they could have dropped the case when this little guy had a sexually transmitted disease. I just wonder how many other little kids this guy abused. It usually doesn't end with just one. I would imagine LE will investigate and notify every parent who has had a little child in that Day Care to see if anything happened to their children. I think the abuser did the right thing! He probably didn't want to face the charges he knew were coming. I doubt that he took his own life to save his family or anyone else humilation or money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbisangel View Post
    How in the world could they have dropped the case? Was LE involved in the complaint or just CPS? I would have taken my child straight to LE first. I don't see how they could have dropped the case when this little guy had a sexually transmitted disease. I just wonder how many other little kids this guy abused. It usually doesn't end with just one. I would imagine LE will investigate and notify every parent who has had a little child in that Day Care to see if anything happened to their children. I think the abuser did the right thing! He probably didn't want to face the charges he knew were coming. I doubt that he took his own life to save his family or anyone else humilation or money.
    I agree...

    It's heartbreaking to imagine a 3 year old suffering from genital warts (Herpes). It would be painful for the little guy and it is a lifelong disease

    Why the heck did the charges get dropped??

    Wonder how many other kids who stayed at this hellhole will show up with Herpes??

    Glad he killed himself because if I had been those parents, I'd have done it for him.

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    Genital warts and Herpes are two separate types of venereal disease.

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