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New Charges Expected in "Horrific" Child Abuse Case

10:15 PM, Oct 31, 2011   |    comments
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  • Courtesy: Baker County Sheriff's Office
  • Troy Howell

GLEN ST. MARYS, Fla. -- New charges are expected in a child abuse case in Glen St. Marys after the accused called one of his alleged victims from prison.

"He did say to her, 'You have put me in here and I'm going to go to prison for a long time,'" said Baker County Sheriff Joey Dobson.

He pulled the phone records from the jail where Troy Howell placed the call hours after his arrest on child abuse charges.

He's accused of chaining his nephew to the floor of their mobile home in Glen St. Mary and verbally abusing his niece.

A judge's order stated he was to have no contact with his nephews or niece after the arrest.

During a 14 minute phone call to his family, the sheriff said Howell spoke briefly to his niece who also lived with him.

A home that the Sheriff said once held so much horror, now sits empty. There's a chain on the fence similar to one Howell's nephew said he put around his neck.

"How filthy it was. How you could even allow human beings to live in that particular place," said Dobson.  

The two younger children are now in foster care. The 18-year-old is staying with family friends.

All three were immediately removed from the home.

"Probably the worst I've ever seen as far as the house is concerned," he said.

The recording of that phone call is now in evidence and will not be released to the public.

There aren't any hearings scheduled yet for Troy Howell, so there's been no bond set yet for him either.










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