Deputies: Volusia County couple faces multiple charges of child abuse, neglect

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Taylor Schaefer, 28, and her boyfriend Shawn Stone, 32, are facing dozens of child abuse and neglect charges.


In May, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged Stone with aggravated child abuse with an additional 23 counts from repeated acts of abuse and neglect.

Schaefer was taken into custody on her warrants Sunday in Pasco County

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Investigators said Schaefer called 911 last month and said she suspected Stone was abusing her 5-year-old son.

Schaefer revealed to authorities she had been recording the abuse on her phone, but after deputies began looking through the video, they found Schaefer witnessed the abuse and did nothing about it.

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According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation revealed multiple recordings of the victim receiving beatings while Schaefer was present in the house.

She admitted she wanted to call 911 for her son but waited almost one hour.

Doctors and nurses at Advent Health found 46 visible injuries to the victim.

Deputies said Schaefer’s two other children were also abused and neglected and have been removed from the home.

According to the sheriff’s office, a GoFundMe account that was established for the children has already surprised $30,000 after an influx of donations over the weekend.

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Michelle Shore, WFTV.com

Michelle Shore joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2023 as a Content Creator.

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