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Detectives investigate death of 3-month-old girl

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 23, 2003

PORT RICHEY -- Sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of a 3-month-old girl who stopped breathing Saturday morning

Sgt. Raymond Stanley said the Sheriff's Office went to 11610 Bruin Drive shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday after receiving a 911 call that a little girl had stopped breathing.

The girl was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where she was pronounced dead, Stanley said.

The names of the girl's parents were not available Saturday.

Stanley said detectives did not know whether the girl died of natural or accidental causes, or what had happened to her.

The investigation continues.

Man charged in death of bicyclist in crash

ARIPEKA -- A 51-year-old Brooksville man was charged with manslaughter Friday after his car fatally hit a a bicyclist on Aripeka Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Roger Lynn Allen, 13145 Taft St., was charged with DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash and filing a false report, the FHP said.

Trooper Kenneth Ratcliff said Allen was driving a 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck east on Aripeka Road at 7:16 p.m. on March 6 when he slammed into a bicyclist. Allen got out of his car and "seeing the seriousness of the crash," left the scene, Ratcliff wrote in an arrest report.

Witnesses followed Allen and persuaded him to go back, the report said. He did, and witnesses said he walked over to the bicyclist and almost fell on him, a report states. Witnesses said they smelled alcohol and thought Allen was drunk.

Allen got back into his car and left, the FHP said. Troopers found him in a nearby mobile home, and Allen said his passenger, Leonard Charles, had been driving the truck. Charles told troopers he had not been driving.

The bicyclist, whose name was not available Saturday, died on March 10, the FHP said.

With the help of a Hernando County detective, the FHP gave Allen a voice truth test, which he failed, a report states. Allen then told troopers that he had been driving the truck.

Allen was held on $102,000 bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

Deputies: Holiday man abused boy at mall

PORT RICHEY -- A 50-year-old Holiday man was arrested on child abuse charges Friday after kicking a 12-year-old boy, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

David Holmes Howard, 2516 Surinam Court, was in Gulfview Square Mall about 8:40 p.m. on Friday with a 12-year-old boy, deputies said.

Witnesses said they saw Howard kick the boy in the buttocks with enough force to lift the boy off the ground. The boy fell into a shop counter, deputies said. Howard then picked the boy up by the arm and said, "I'm in charge," according to an arrest report.

Howard was charged with child abuse and resisting arrest without violence. He was held in the Land O'Lakes jail on $5,500 bail.

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