Man says he bit two children multiple times leaving them with permanent scars 'out of frustration'
29-year-old Rashawn Davis has been charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse with great bodily harm, with the children's mother, Andrea Fulton, also charged for negligence
A Florida man has been arrested for repeatedly physically abusing two young children, aged two and three-years-old, by biting them multiple times. 29-year-old Rashawn Davis is said to have beaten and bitten the toddlers during a three-month-span from June to August at a home in Tarpon Springs with the children's mother aware of the abuse inflicted.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Davis was arrested this past Thursday, December 13, and charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse with great bodily harm. The mother, 25-year-old Andrea Fulton, was also arrested and charged with two counts of child neglect with great bodily harm after she admitted to investigators she knew about the permanent scars the abuse had left on her children.
The abuse came to light after detectives assigned to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office's Crimes Against Children division began an investigation into the pair when child protection investigators removed Fulton's four children, aged 1, 2, 3, and 6, from her home for "domestic-related issues." Detectives said that Davis was the father of one-year-old, though his relationship with the other children is currently unclear.
Three of the children were subsequently placed in foster care and given medical examinations that revealed the two-year-old and three-year-old had multiple bite marks and long linear scars. The two-year-old was found to have suffered more than 35 lacerations and eight bite marks on his back, buttocks, and facial cheek and the three-year-old was similarly found to have one circular bite mark on his buttock.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that further examination by a forensic odonatologist determined that the scars and bites "were not accidental in nature," and that the "force used to leave a mark was significant." Detectives with the sheriff's office then obtained dental impressions from both Fulton and Davis, with the former's bite marks ruling her out as a suspect.
Davis was then interviewed by the detectives and is said to have confessed to biting the two-year-old multiple times "out of frustration." Fulton then admitted that she was aware of the bite marks on her children and that she failed to seek out medical help for them.
Both Davis and Fulton were arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail in Clearwater. Davis had his bond set at $100,000 while Fulton is being held on a bond of $20,000. Detectives said three children are still in foster care while a fourth has been given to a family member.