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KPD arrests 2 in child abuse case

Posted on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Kissimmee police detectives charged two adults in the past week for abusing their bruised, malnourished four-month old child.

Mouna Mrichcha, 30, and Juan Snow, 54, were arrested separately and charged with child neglect with great bodily harm.

Mrichcha

Mrichcha

On May 8 at approximately 1:45 p.m., KPD officers responded to the area of 2000 N. Michigan Avenue in Kissimmee in reference to an intoxicated female with a baby. Officers made contact with Mrichcha, the mother, and when officers checked the child they noticed the 4-month old female bleeding from the nostrils, had marks and bruises on her body and was covered in a rash, police spokesperson Stacie Miller said. The Kissimmee Fire Department responded to the area and immediate

Snow

Snow

ly transported the child to a hospital.  Mouna was arrested and tr

ansported to the Osceola County Jail charging her with child ne

glect. The following day, detectives interviewed physicians caring for the child and learned that she had several fractures in different stages of healin

g, numerous scratches to her face, neck and legs and bruises, burns on her head and face and was malnourished.

The same day, detectives met with the mother, who had since bonded out of jail, and Snow, the baby’s father, at their home. Mrichcha was transported to the Kissimmee Police Department to be interviewed by detectives, and Snow indicated he would talk with detectives at a later date.   Mrichcha could not explain to detectives how the child received the bruises or fractures and indicated that she is the only person that cares for the child. Mrichcha was arrested charging her with aggravated child abuse. She was transported to the Osceola County Jail where she is held on no bond on the new charges.

Two other children were removed from Snow’s custody on Monday. At a Tuesday petition hearing, detectives briefly spoke with Snow and he indicated he had no explanation for the injuries to the 4-month old and refused to cooperate.  An arrest warrant was obtained charging him with child neglect with great bodily harm and failure to protect. He was arrested and is being held at the Osceola County Jail on $10,000 bond.

The 4-month old female is in the State’s custody and the remaining two children are with family members, Miller said.

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