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Amber Chapman: Florida babysitter put boy in dryer and turned it on, cops say

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Amber Christine Chapman, 35, is the Florida babysitter accused of molesting the 4-year-old boy she was watching. According to a police affidavit, the little boy told officers “Miss Amber” put him in the dryer and turned it on.

Here’s what you need to know.

Chapman regularly attended to the little boy involved in the incident. According to the probable cause affidavit, she “frequently” watched him while his parents were at work.

The affidavit says the 4-year-old child was taken to the emergency room at UF Health Leesburg Hospital on February 1. a large contusion on the right shoulder blade, approximately two inches in diameter; and a three-inch contusion on the right perispinal lumbar region.”

In the ER, the boy told medical staff “Miss Amber” “put him in the dryer with towels and he twirled.” The following day, officers from the Children’s Advocacy Center continued to investigate his injuries. Fuller details of his injuries have been redacted from the affidavit to protect the victim’s privacy.

The agency concluded that they “were unable to determine whether these injuries were caused by being placed in a dryer, but the severity of the injuries and the locations of the injuries on the back, face, forehead and ears are consistent with them.” caused by them.”

A Lake County Sheriff’s Office detective then questioned the child at his home on February 7. The boy repeated to the detective that his babysitter “put him in a dryer, shut the door and he ’rounded and rounded'” as the probable cause of the affidavit.

The kid said Chapman “opened the door, closed it, and he went ’round and ’round.”

Law enforcement decided to charge Chapman with aggravated child molestation, which is a first-degree felony. According to the Arrest Affidavit, Congressmen arrested Chapman on April 9 “without incident” at her home in Eustis, Florida.

Deputies arrested Chapman around 3:15 am on April 9, according to the arrest affidavit and inmate records from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. She spent about 13 hours behind bars before being released at 5pm

The inmate’s records show bail was set at $15,000 and bail was honored. However, a separate court document shows that Chapman did not pay any money.

She applied for “criminal needy” status, which meant she could not afford her own attorney and would need a court-appointed public defender. The document states that Chapman was released on $0 bail.

A judge also ordered Chapman to stay at least 500 feet from the child involved in the case, under the no-contact order. She is also forbidden from communicating with the boy in any way.

According to the “status of needy” court document, Chapman has no job. She gave her net income as zero and checked whether she had received “bridging assistance for needy families”.

The document also shows that Chapman has 4 “addicts”. A search of online records turns up an Amber Christine Hodge Chapman of the same birthday and address as the defendant, who is married with four children. Her mother’s Facebook page also references the defendant’s birthday, children and husband. A separate case from 2014 provides further evidence that they are the same person (more on this below).

A search of public records on the Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller website also turns up a marriage certificate dated March 1, 2014 between Amber Christine Hodge and Stephen Chapman.

Online court filings from Lake County, Fla., reveal a 2014 case against Amber Christine Hodge, again of the same birthday as the woman accused of putting the little boy in the dryer. According to the probable cause affidavit, she and her husband were arrested in July 2014 at a Walgreens in Eustis, Fla.

The couple have been accused of fraudulently obtaining the prescription hydrocodone. She told detectives her husband had “a problem”, started taking the drug after she was discharged from the army and that she had requested the fraudulent prescription at least 13 times.

Court records show that Hodge Chapman pleaded “no contest” to charges including possession of hydrocodone, fraudulent use of personal identification information, and unlawful acquisition/attempt to obtain possession of a controlled substance through fraud.” She was sentenced to 3 years probation sentenced.

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