This would qualify as a less than positive story, but thankfully the baby is now safe! Two Osceola County parents have been charged with child abuse after the father beat the 4-month old baby for crying. Osceola Sheriff deputies were notified Friday about a possible child abuse incident after the baby was hospitalized for what looked like non-accidental bruises to the baby’s face and leg fractures.
Sheriff deputies arrested the infant’s mother Ashley Montrony, 30, and the father David Rich,32, who admitted to authorities that he beat the baby because the baby wouldn’t stop crying.
Rich has been charged with aggravated child abuse and Montrony is charged with two counts of child neglect with great bodily harm for failing to keep the infant safe. She was aware of the abuse by the father.
They were both booked into the Osceola County Jail. The baby is currently in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.