Father Charged With Aggravated Child Abuse

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- A Sarasota County father has been charged with aggravated child abuse in the death of his 11-year-old daughter.
Jail records show 35-year-old Kenneth Stoddard was arrested Wednesday night. He's being held without bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 18. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney.
A sheriff's office report 11-year-old Melissa Stoddard died Monday of oxygen deprivation that caused brain damage. The report also says doctors found ligature marks on her upper arms, wrists, ankles and thighs.
Her parents told authorities they sometimes had to restrain her because of behavioral problems. The mother has not been charged. Authorities say additional charges are possible.
Five other children at the home are now with child welfare officials.


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