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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20 SPARCC Pirate & Princess Ball
24 "Smart, Sassy, Strong & Classy!" Women's Gala & Speed Networking Event
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
24 Sunsets at Selby
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Can you dig it?
Third- and fourth-grade students of Temple Beth Sholom had a chance to brush up on their paleontology skills last week while digging for faux dinosaur bones.
Sound of scholars
Local students Caleb Upton and Matthew Vaadi received some help for their upcoming studies to the tune of $1,000 each from the Sarasota Chorus of the Keys. The scholarships were made possible through the Sheridan E. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund. Both students plan to use the funds toward a career in music.
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