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Nov 20, 2012 12:34 PM by Faye DeHoff

2 cases of child abuse & neglect lead to arrests in Yavapai County

DEWEY - Two recent cases of child abuse and neglect have led to arrests in Yavapai County.

On Monday, Nov. 19th, Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call for help in the 1600 block of Wait a Minute Way in Dewey. 34-year-old Seth Overson told deputies he had been arguing with his wife but couldn't understand why deputies were called.

When deputies went inside the home, they found Overson's five-year-old son in a bedroom bleeding from his nose and mouth. Deputies also found bruising on his face and upper body. The boy told deputies at first the injuries were from a recent fall, but later admitted his dad was the cause.

Deputies discovered Overson had choked the child and struck him with a plastic curtain rod. Overson eventually admitted to deputies he had assaulted his son.
Overson's wife and 11-month-old child were not injured. The injured boy was transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Overson was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Child Abuse, Assault on a Child and Assault Resulting in Serious Injury. He remains in custody on a $120,000 bond.

BAGDAD - Recently, in Bagdad, YCSO deputies have also been called several times to a home in the 300 block of Fletcher Drive over domestic violence and child/animal neglect issues. Children's Protective Services were also conducting an investigation into the welfare of two children in the home, ages nine months and two years.

The suspects are identified as the father, 26-year-old Robert Stafford, and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Zylvoria Walton. The 9-month-old baby requires nourishment via a feeding tube placed in its abdomen. Walton was an admitted caretaker for both children when Stafford was away. On prior contacts, deputies warned Stafford and Walton that conditions inside their home were becoming unfit for the children. Garbage, dirty laundry and dog feces were found throughout the home, including the children's rooms. A bag of food in a feeding bag, meant for the infant's special needs, was found spoiled in the kitchen. The infant was eventually seen by a doctor who found a serious infection, conceivably life-threatening, at the feeding tube site in the infant's abdomen.

Deputies noted that on several prior occasions, both Stafford and Walton were given ample opportunity to rectify living conditions in the home and had made no effort to do so. As the environment for the children continued to deteriorate, and in light of the infant's recent medical findings, deputies developed probable cause to arrest Stafford and Walton.

On November 12th, both were booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including two counts of felony Child Abuse. Each remains in-custody on a $150,000 bond.

CPS has taken custody of both children. The dogs have been removed from the home and placed with a Prescott-area animal shelter.

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