15 July, 2011
Police: Babysitter caught smothering baby with pillow - A Gainesville woman accused of smothering a baby she was babysitting Tuesday night has been arrested on an aggravated child abuse charge, Gainesville Police Lt. Mike Schibuola said. Arrested was Tiffany Long, 21, of 6029 NW 53rd Terrace, according to an arrest report.
Schibuola said Long was babysitting at a home when the baby's mother came home early and saw Long smothering the baby in her crib with a pillow.
Young woman testifies against babysitter who allegedly raped her - At first, the young woman testified, her former baby sitter "was fun to be around." The man, Barry Lee Rhodes, would buy her clothes and coordinate games, she told a local jury Wednesday. But shopping and puzzles soon turned to sexual abuse — and eventually, rape — the young woman said. "I'm trying to forget everything," she said on the witness stand. "But you can't really forget about it."
Rhodes, now 61, is on trial accused of 25 sex crimes, including rape of a child. Prosecutors allege Rhodes assaulted two sisters between 1999 and 2001.
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