Published September 17, 2006

Clearwater man accused of sex with 13-year-old girl

CLEARWATER - Police arrested a 19-year-old man Friday who they say had an ongoing sexual relationship with a 13-year-old runaway.

Israel V. Salud of 1279 Santa Rosa St., No. 1, in Clearwater was arrested about 2:30 a.m. Friday. He faces charges of lewd and lascivious battery and interfering with child custody.

He remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Saturday, held in lieu of $30,000 bail.

Immigration officials have asked to interview Salud, who is not a U.S. citizen.

Salud's arrest report said he took the girl into his home and kept her away from her guardians, an older sister and brother.

Both said the girl is pregnant with his child.

Body washes up during filming of 'CSI: Miami'

MIAMI - A fictional crime scene staged for CSI: Miami became part of a real police investigation after a man's body floated near the television series' film crew, authorities said.

The body washed up early Friday at the water's edge in Bicentennial Park. The body had no signs of trauma; an autopsy was scheduled, though the death was not considered suspicious.

Adoption ends case that led state to rewrite law

DAYTONA BEACH - A 4-year-old boy who was at the center of a protracted custody battle between his foster parents and his Tennessee relatives was formally adopted Friday by his maternal cousin.

Christian, who turns 5 next month, changed homes three times in a legal battle that prompted debate on whether the state's policy to favor blood relatives over foster parents helps or hurts children.

Denise and Ivar Baklid of Orange City cared for Christian for his first 16 months and had planned to adopt him in March 2003 when his cousin Tiffany Delk applied for adoption.

During the custody battle, Florida law was changed to limit the state's power to remove a child from a foster parent or guardian seeking to adopt if the child had been in the home six months or more.