Sex offenders registering at increased rate

Published January 26, 2007

Nearly nine in 10 sex offenders are registering in person with law enforcement twice a year as required by the Jessica Lunsford Act, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement official said Thursday. The 88 percent mark is up 10 percent from 2006, Donna Uzzell, director of the FDLE's Criminal Justice Information Program, told the Senate Committee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations. The 2005 act was named after the 9-year-old Homosassa girl who was kidnapped, raped and buried alive, allegedly by a convicted sex offender.

Injury not apparent in mummified baby

A partially mummified baby, apparently born in the 1950s and discovered by a woman cleaning out her dead parents' storage unit, had no obvious signs of injury, detectives said Thursday as they continued to unravel the mystery. The unidentified baby boy was found Monday night by the daughter of an elderly couple who rented the storage unit in 1996. The man died several years ago, and the woman died last year, police said. Police said the child was wrapped in a New York Daily News dated Jan. 9, 1957.

Father held in toddler's death

A father faces murder charges after telling police he threw his 14-month-old daughter 12 feet across a kitchen to keep her from crawling near a pile of trash. An autopsy Wednesday found that the child, Nicole P. Sarvis, died of blunt force trauma to the head Tuesday night. Crestview police Lt. Jamie Grant said investigators found bruising and other signs the child had been abused for some time. The father, Derrick Adam Sarvis, 22, and mother, Crystal Sarvis, 25, were being held without bond.