Florida couple arrested after cops find 6-year-old unconscious with his head in hotel toilet
Cops found eight people in the room, including Larry Rhodes and Bianca Blaise's six children, all of whom had suffered various injuries
OSCEOLA COUNTY, FLORIDA: Florida officers arrested a couple on July 5 after a six-year-old child was found unconscious with his head in a toilet. Larry Rhodes and Bianca Blaise were found to be at fault by the deputies who were responding to calls reporting a drowning and an individual's head in a toilet.
According to Click Orlando, the Florida couple, Rhodes, 22, and Blaise, 25, were detained on Tuesday, July 5 after Sheriff's officers discovered an unconscious boy with his head in a toilet when they arrived at a Kissimmee Knights Inn. According to information provided by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, there were eight people in the room, including Rhodes, Blaise, and six children.
Officials performed CPR on one of the children who had no pulse and was also struggling for breath. According to the report, the child was rushed to a nearby hospital where he received treatment for a potentially fatal brain bleed while being kept alive.
The deputies stated that another child had further apparent wounds, which included swollen eyes and blood in their mouth. A different child apparently had facial bruising and injuries. Other children reportedly suffered wounds ranging from bruising to bleeding from a left eyeball.
Deputies were informed by Rhodes and Blaise that there had been a "physical altercation between siblings." Two guns with several magazines and several probable blood swabs were found during the search of the room, according to the deputies. All children involved, according to the sheriff's office, were sent to the hospital for treatment.
Guests of the adjoining hotel told the cops that one individual heard a "thud" coming from the room about five to fifteen minutes before the deputies arrived. When deputies later interrogated Blaise, she explained how she and Rhodes were punishing the children, which included "whoopings" and making them perform exercises, according to the news source.
When Blaise returned to the hotel room on July 5, she discovered one of the children with their head in the toilet bowl, and she said it appeared as though they were drinking water from the bowl. According to authorities, Blaise claimed that the man didn't tell her to phone 911 until after he entered the bathroom.
Rhodes and Blaise have been slapped with six charges of child neglect with serious bodily harm, and their aggregate bond has been set at $15,000. Blaise was later released on bond following her arrest.