...A Highlands County grand jury returned an indictment late this afternoon charging former Avon Park police officer James Parker with the murder of 22-month-old Kaedyn Short... Parker is still on administrative leave without pay from the Avon Park Police Department pending the outcome of the case...
- [FL] Officer Parker - reinstated after domestic violence - now accused of putting girlfriend's toddler in critical condition- ...Parker was also arrested in 2004 on a domestic violence charge involving his former wife. He entered into a diversion program... Parker was reinstated after completing a two-day suspension without pay... All criminal charges were dismissed after he successfully completed the class...
- [FL] The 1 year old that REINSTATED Avon Park Police Officer James Parker was babysitting - "Baby Hope" Kaedyn Short - has died- ..."Baby Hope has lost her life... An innocent little baby girl who could not even defend herself. Why, why has this happened? What went wrong?"...
Mother indicted on two felony charges
By BRAD DICKERSON
June 24, 2009
Updated: 06/25/2009 12:22 pm
SEBRING - Jenifer Sue Short, 28, the mother of 22-month-old Kaedyn Short, has been indicted on two felony charges of failure to report child abuse and neglect of a child causing great bodily harm. Two day care workers, Sara Vasquez and Linda Payne, have also been indicted for failing to report child abuse. A Highlands County grand jury returned an indictment late this afternoon charging former Avon Park police officer James Parker with the murder of 22-month-old Kaedyn Short. The grand jury also charged Parker, 32, with aggravated child abuse. He is set for a first appearance Thursday and still remains in the Highlands County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 bail stemming from his initial child abuse charge. Short died May 27 at a hospice home where she was being cared for in her final days. She was the daughter of Parker's former live-in girlfriend and had been on life support at a St. Petersburg hospital for some time after being hospitalized for severe injuries she suffered March 29... [Full article here]
MORE ARRESTS MADE IN 'BABY K' DEATH
Ed Baldridge, Trey Christy
June 25, 2009
James H. Parker III, former Avon Park Police Officer, was indicted late Wednesday afternoon, charged with first degree murder stemming from the death of 22-month-old Kaedyn Short. The Highlands County grand jury also charged Short's mother, Jenifer Sue Short, 28, Sebring, with not reporting child abuse, and failure to secure medical services/ failure to protect a child from child abuse. "After hearing a days worth of evidence (the grand jury) indicted not only Parker for murder but Ms. Short for two things," said Steve Houchin of the State Attorney's Office. "The second charge is a combination, medical services that should have been and for the child abuse... We have a very strong case regarding Mr. Parker," he said... Parker is still on administrative leave without pay from the Avon Park Police Department pending the outcome of the case... [police officer involved domestic violence law enforcement fatality fatalities murder florida]