A Florida mom is accused of beating her 14-year-old adoptive son with a dog chain and chipping his teeth with pliers in what a sheriff referred to as essentially the most “disturbing” case of kid abuse in his 38-year profession.
Patricia Dianne Hyler, 47, was arrested Could eight after deputies discovered proof that she abused all 4 of her adoptive kids, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson advised reporters Monday. However Hyler’s 14-year-old son seemed to be a “goal youngster” that she “took a particular curiosity in,” Johnson mentioned.
Hyler is accused of reducing the boy’s arms and head, making him sleep on a unclean concrete ground, and forcing him to wash by undressing within the entrance yard and spraying him with a hose.
“I’m not making this up,” Johnson mentioned. “It’s simply unimaginable what folks can do to different folks, it truly is. It’s so disturbing.”
The boy lived with Hyler and her husband for the previous seven and a half years, Johnson mentioned, and was being homeschooled with his siblings.
“She abused this youngster fairly severely, however she took him out of college and homeschooled him for 2 years as a result of she knew that if she despatched him to highschool, clearly, someone would report it,” Johnson mentioned. “So she saved him at dwelling.”
Deputies have been tipped off after one other youngster within the dwelling despatched a textual content message to somebody who then alerted the sheriff’s workplace, Johnson mentioned. Detectives additionally interviewed Hyler’s two grownup adoptive kids, who’ve since moved from the house and had related tales of abuse.
Whereas proof confirmed all 4 kids have been abused, it’s common for one youngster to bear the brunt of the abuse, Johnson mentioned. All 4 kids are within the custody of the Florida Division of Kids and Households.
“I’ll be sincere with you, as a father it pisses me off, is what it does,” Johnson mentioned. “Someone that may do this to a different human is dangerous sufficient. However you begin doing that to a toddler, yeah, we take it personally. We actually do.”
Johnson mentioned he doesn’t count on expenses to be filed towards Hyler’s husband. He apparently labored lengthy hours and was not dwelling when the abuse was dedicated.
Hyler was charged with aggravated youngster abuse and is anticipated to face additional expenses, Johnson mentioned. She is being held on the Santa Rosa County Jail with out bond.