• Orange County mother ordered to stay away from her children, arrested second time


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A mother who was ordered not to have contact with her children just months ago after claims of abuse is in trouble again.

    She’s accused of slamming her daughter's head into a bus stop bench near the intersection of State Road 50 and Hiawassee Road.

    A good Samaritan saw the alleged abuse and called 911.

    The man was sitting outside his home near a bus stop when he got a glimpse of 36-year-old Latoya Taylor.

    “In this case we're very fortunate that a good Samaritan saw something, it didn't sit right and they made that call,” said Kristin Gray with the Department of Children and Families.

    Channel 9’s Renee Stoll looked deeper into the mother's background and found out it was her second arrest in the past four months.

    In October, Taylor was ordered by the courts not to have contact with her ex-boyfriend and her children after she was arrested on charges of hitting the father of one of her kids, and chasing her daughter through neighbor’s yards with a screwdriver.

    This neighbor didn't want to show his face, but remembered the incident.

    According to the State Attorney's Office the charges were dropped after the victims weren't willing to prosecute and the no contact order lifted.

    That left DCF in a position where they couldn't gather enough evidence for their case, or do much more than offer voluntary services.

    “It can be real difficult to move forward. I mean, you're dealing with family members who aren't necessarily happy for us to be involved,” Gray said.

    It's an issue DCF sees quite often.

    “It's not uncommon that we will have an encounter with the family and get called back out and situations have deteriorated,” Gray said.

    Taylor's children are now in the care of a family member.

    DCF is still in the midst of deciding how they will proceed.

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