Mother’s Boyfriend Accused of Biting Her 2- and 3-Year-Old Children
He admitted biting the 2 year old multiple times out of frustration, Pinellas deputies said. The mother admitted knowing about the bite marks and not seeking care for her children.
TARPON SPRINGS – A mother and her boyfriend were arrested after deputies discovered numerous bite marks on two of the woman’s children, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Rashawn Davis, 29, of Tarpon Springs, was charged with two counts of Aggravated Child Abuse with Great Bodily Harm. The children’s mother, Andrea Fulton, 25, who also has an address in New Port Richey, was charged with two counts of Child Neglect with Great Bodily Harm.
The incidents, which took place at a private home in Tarpon Springs, began in June and lasted until August when the children were removed from the home, deputies said.
Deputies said their investigation began Aug. 20 Fulton’s four children were removed from the home because of domestic-related issues with Davis, her paramour.
The children range in ages from 1 year old to 6 years old. Davis is the biological father of the 1 year old. Three of the children were placed in foster care and one was placed with a family member.
After the children were removed, they were examined by medical personnel who discovered multiple bite marks and long linear scars on two of the children.
Sheriff’s detectives said that medical staff told them that the 2-year-old boy had more than 35 laceration marks on his back and eight, circular bite marks on his back, buttocks and facial cheek. The 3-year-old boy was found to have one circular bite mark on his buttock.
During their investigation, detectives got dental impressions of Fulton’s and Davis’ teeth because the children only in their care.
A forensic odonatologist examined the dental impressions and excluded Fulton, but did not exclude Davis. The forensic odonatologist confirmed the bite marks were not accidental and the force used to leave a mark was significant.
Detectives said they interviewed Davis on Thursday (Dec. 13) at which time he admitted to biting the 2 year old multiple times out of frustration.
Detectives also interviewed Fulton on Thursday. They said she admitted knowing about the bite marks and not seeking care for her children.
The children remain in either foster care or with family.
Photo shows Rashawn Davis, left, and Andrea Fulton.
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