Two Arrested For Child Abuse in Wakulla County

By: WCSO Release
By: WCSO Release

Wakulla County, Florida - Feb. 29, 2012 -

Johhny Ross and Dustin Raker, both from Crawfordville, have been charged with felony counts of aggravated child abuse.

Deputies say Dustin Raker is accused of hitting a child in the head with a sneaker, and placing his hands around the child's mouth and neck. A teacher from the Wakulla County Schools noticed the bruising and called DCF.

DCF encourages anyone who suspects abuse to report it.

"There are a group of people who have to give their name and title and information whereas other people can call in anonymously," said Erin Gillepsie of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Wakulla School District Superintendent David Miller said, "We care deeply about our students and their welfare. Anytime we suspect abuse or neglect we will follow the law and aggressively pursue the reporting process. The safety of our children is our number one priority."

In a separate case, Johnny Ross was arrested after a child's mother notified deputies that her child had bruises on their legs and buttocks.

DCF said in 2011, they averaged 15,146 child protective investigations per month statewide. Wakulla County averaged 27 investigations and Leon County averaged 185..

Therapists say abuse is often a chain reaction. People who were abused or neglected as children often do the same to their own children when they become parents. Dr. Cheryl Rainey said a parent needs to acknowledge they have a problem.

"It's very advisable to seek care. Seek counseling and seek help. And there are resources for that," said Dr. Cheryl Rainey.

For people in need of financial assistance with counseling, Dr. Rainey suggests people contact their churches, DCF, and other organizations that may offer free or reduced counseling.


Wakulla County, Florida - Feb. 29, 2012 -

Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested two Wakulla County men in connection with February aggravated child abuse cases, according to Sheriff Donnie Crum.

The male suspects, ages 29 and 27 from Crawfordville, were arrested and transported to the Wakulla County Jail at the conclusion of their separate investigations. The two men have since posted $10,000 bonds and been released from jail.

The first case involved a six-year-old male child. The victim’s mother noticed marks and bruising on his legs from his buttocks to his knees as she was picking him up from the suspect.

She contacted the Florida Department of Children and Families Child Protection Team. During the medical examination, the doctor discovered multiple bruises, impact marks, small puncture wounds and lacerations to the child’s legs. The marks on the child were consistent with three items being used to inflict the abuse including a belt and an electrical cord.

“DCF removed the child from the suspect’s home and he was arrested for aggravated child abuse,” according to Undersheriff Maurice Langston.

The second case involved a five year old female child. The Florida Department of Children and Families was contacted after a school administrator discovered bruising on the child’s head. A medical examination was performed and the doctor determined that the child had been struck in the head area and abrasions that were observed were consistent with partial strangulation.

As the investigation unfolded, medical personnel determined that the child’s father struck her in the face with a shoe, which caused her to fall, and put one of his hands on her neck and the other on her mouth and nose so the child could not breathe.

“There are methods in which to discipline your child,” said Sheriff Crum. “But this is not how to do it.” Detective Erika Buckley, Detective Josh Langston, Lt. Mike Kemp and Deputy Lorne Whaley investigated the cases.

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  • by Tiffany Location: Wakulla on Mar 9, 2012 at 09:53 PM
    To answer someone's question earlier. There is only 1 Dustin (Dusty) Raker in Wakulla. He just looks alittle different in these pictures then he used to!! I've been here for 16 years so I'm sure I would have known another one. I used to date him ALONG time ago& he really was a kind hearted person, who loved to shower you with gifts & love.....But 1 day he did lose his temper with my roommates son cause he was throwing a temper tantrum & that was the end of our relationship!!!!! I really believe he's bi-polar & just snaps at times!! I hope he gets the help he needs & learns from his mistakes! Exspecialy since it was his daughter. :( Poor baby! I'd NEVER think of doing anything like that to my kids even though there is times they drive me crazy!!!!! Dusty PLEASE get help & NEVER EVER do anything like this again!!!!! Drugs will make you snap in a split second & that second can NEVER been taking back!!!!!
  • by somebody who knows Location: tallahassee on Mar 9, 2012 at 09:32 AM
    Some people never change! Does not suprise me at all that he has done this! Poor little girl.
  • by anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 07:09 AM
    went to school with this guy he is a loser, who beats a child, really, be a man. He has been a trouble maker from the get go, just lock him up and throw away the key.
  • by JESSICA Location: CARRABELLE on Mar 5, 2012 at 06:46 AM
  • by anonymous on Mar 2, 2012 at 07:44 AM
    Who throws a shoe??
  • by Barbara on Mar 1, 2012 at 03:12 PM
    I realize abuse is a serious issue but I have a problem with this article advising parents to seek churches for counseling: "For people in need of financial assistance with counseling, Dr. Rainey suggests people contact their churches, DCF, and other organizations that may offer free or reduced counseling." Many churches do NOT have professional counselors that have the expertise in dealing with abuse. Many church counselors look at things from a spiritual viewpoint and went to seminary school and have not earned a degree in psychology, psychiatry or counseling.
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      by Megan on Mar 5, 2012 at 08:15 AM in reply to Barbara
      Then get over it and go to a shrink if you have such a problem with the church.
  • by Just Me Location: Crawfordville on Mar 1, 2012 at 11:56 AM
    On Feb. 16, Dustin Heath Raker, 27, of Crawfordville was charged with knowingly operating a motor vehicle while license suspended, resisting an officer without violence, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of narcotics equipment following a traffic stop in Crawfordville. Raker admitted he did not possess a valid driver license and resisted Deputy Sean Wheeler as Deputy Wheeler attempted to place Raker’s hands in cuffs. The deputy observed cannabis and a smoking pipe in plain view inside the vehicle. The cannabis weighed seven grams. A computer tablet was seized to protect it from damage during the vehicle towing phase and was turned over to Detective Erika Buckley. A 15-year-old juvenile inside the vehicle was not charged.
  • by lj Location: tally on Mar 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM
    R there two dustin rakers in wakulla co? Cause I know one and that pic posted is not him
  • by anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 10:28 AM
    Funny, I know these losers. Way back when they are drop outs and love their drugs and alcohol. And its so sad about those kids . What mother allowed those fools to be around innocent children. Its called responsibility. If your a parent, use your brain, pay attention, your child is your main priority. We need to make a better life for the kids in todays society. Change your lifestyle and don't allow your children to be brought up around a whole bunch of lowlifes, or you'll see the results when they are adults. The End.
  • by Bubba Location: Leon on Mar 1, 2012 at 09:40 AM
    They should have had their bail denied and put both of them under the jail house.
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      by Bubba on Mar 1, 2012 at 01:26 PM in reply to Bubba
      Sew them up in canvas bags with wild monkeys, dogs, rats or all of the above and throw them in a pond.
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