Monday, August 23, 2010

Parents Arrested For Child Abuse


Date: August 23, 2010

Time: 2:15 PM

On August 16, 2010 Detective Tom Martin responded to 7871 NE 134 Terrace Bronson in reference to an allegation of child neglect. Upon his arrival he met with Department of Children & Families Investigator James Ledford and discovered that the residence was unsafe and also unsanitary.

There was a four month old baby and three year old child living in the residence. Detectives discovered garbage inside the residence, rotten food, soiled clothes, and an infestation of flies and cockroaches throughout the residence and in the children's crib. In the master bedroom there were pornographic pictures and trash littered to the point that the bathroom was inaccessible due to the trash and soiled linens on the floor. Profanity was spray painted on the walls and a large open knife was lying on the dresser.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of David Knutson and Cathy Speer for child abuse and they were transported to the Levy County Jail. The two are the children's biological parents. Bonds were set at $ 50,000.


David Knutson

7871 NE 134 Terrace

Bronson, Fl

W/M, 10/18/81

Cathy Speer

7871 NE 134 Terrace

Bronson, Fl

W/F, 12/16/86


Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff's Office
FBI-National Academy 183rd Session
Office: 352-486-5446
Cell: 352-577-4218