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Man allegedly threatened kids, babysitter

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“Torture” is what the Judge described — explaining that torture can be emotional or psychological as well as physical. The judge imagined how the children must’ve felt when their daddy was pointing a gun at them. As a Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer, I’d have to agree with him. This is sad:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/02/20/Man-allegedly-threatened-kids-babysitter/UPI-98791361401146/

Man allegedly threatened kids, babysitter
Published: Feb. 20, 2013 at 5:59 PM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 20 (UPI) — Bail has been set at $180,000 for a Florida man charged with using a gun to threaten his children and their babysitter.

Levar Dawson, 35, of Pompano Beach, appeared in court Tuesday, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported. A police report read in court said Dawson went to the apartment where the teenage babysitter was taking care of his children.

Monday evening and pulled out a handgun while he was talking to his daughter.

He was involved in a battle over child support, a sheriff’s deputy said.

Dawson faces seven criminal charges, including domestic violence, aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and aggravated child abuse with cruelty, his booking record shows.

He is also charged with burglary, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

“Pointing a gun at children and then the children knowing their father is going to shoot them is a form of torture,” Judge John Jay Hurley said during Tuesday’s hearing. “We know that torture can be physical and psychological.”

Investigators say Dawson drove home and tried to talk a neighbor into hiding him after the babysitter locked him out of the apartment.

 

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John M. Castellano is a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney who has helped thousands of clients throughout Florida. While building a reputation as a premiere Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney, Mr. Castellano has worked tirelessly to develop strategies to best protect the rights of those arrested for DUI in Broward, Dade and West Palm. However, Mr. Castellano is not just a drunk driving lawyer. He has been a successful domestic violence attorney, drug trafficking attorney, as well as all other Felony and Misdemeanor cases.

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