The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Thursday, June 20, charged Misty Michelle Stoddard, 36, with first-degree murder in connection with the death of her 11-year-old stepdaughter, Melissa Stoddard.
The Sheriff's Office charged Stoddard with aggravated child abuse with great bodily harm Dec. 21, after Melissa Stoddard, who suffered from autism, was hospitalized weeks earlier with severe brain damage, and died due to lack of oxygen flow to her brain.
Deputies had arrested Misty Stoddard and Kenneth Stoddard following reports the couple tied their daughter up and muffled her screams with duct tape, among other serious abuse claims. Misty Stoddard attempted suicide shortly after her arrest, and Sheriff Tom Knight had indicated further charges were pending following an investigation
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25 Fourth Friday at the Historic Downtown Village
25 Sarasota Singles Society Presents "Bastille Day Celebration"
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
26 NRA Pistol Safety
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
26 4th Annual Sarasota Mystic Faire
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Vive La France
The Alliance Francaise held a fundraiser in honor of Bastille Day, or La Fête Nationale, Monday, July 14, at Marina Jack.
Going for Gold
Custodians of Sarasota County Schools enjoyed a day of fun and learning at the annual custodians professional development day July 3, at Riverview High School.
Show of support
Siesta Key Hardware owners Patricia and James Hillier are bringing the island community closer together.