Friday, August 13, 2010

Dad charged with child abuse in beating of teen son, daughter at his home (Palm Beach, Florida)

Once again, we have an abusive father--in this case CHARLES ANTHONY PLUMMER--who continued to have custodial/rights even after separating from or divorcing the children's mother. The children, now teenagers, were "allegedly" beaten while at Daddy's house. Notice that Mom had tried to ban Daddy from coming to her home, and wanted to spare the children from having to visit their father. Good luck with that hope--especially in the State of Florida.

Notice how the media make a big fuss about Dad being an assistant principal at a middle school, but the custody/visitation arrangment that allowed Dad's abuse is barely acknowledged and with no comment. And believe me, you can be just about certain that this was not the first time Daddy had acted abusively--not with Mom trying to ban him from coming to her home.

Greenacres assistant principal charged with child abuse for allegedly beating his kids
Charles Anthony Plummer, 42, of Royal Palm Beach, is charged with two counts of child abuse.

By Eliot Kleinberg
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Updated: 1:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, 2010

Posted: 11:41 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13, 2010

An assistant principal at L.C. Swain Middle School in Greenacres is charged with two counts of child abuse after his teen son and daughter claimed he whipped and beat them in February, reports show.

Charles Anthony Plummer, 42, of Royal Palm Beach, was arrested Thursday evening.

This morning, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Barry Cohen ordered Plummer held in lieu of $6,000 bail and ordered he have no contact with the children.

According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's report, an investigator for the Florida Department and Children and Families contacted deputies in February after Plummer's two children said he had whipped his 15-year-old daughter and blackened the eye of his 14-year-old son.

The son said that on Feb. 4, he'd gotten in trouble in school for his grades and for back-talking to a teacher. He said that when he went to his father's home, the school already had notified Plummer.

The boy said his father shouted, "How old am I?" and when the son answered, "42," Plummer said, "then that's how many hits you get."

The boy said his father began lashing his open palm with his belt but after eight hits the boy pulled back his hand.

He said his father grew enraged and asked, "are you going to fight me?" The boy said he would. He said Plummer then punched his face several times, threw him down, and kicked him as he curled on the floor.

He said his father asked, "Are you ready for round two?" and when he said he wasn't, Plummer left.

Later that night, the boy said, Plummer came to his room and told him he loved him and never doubted him in school.

Plummer's daughter said that, the previous day, she had gotten in trouble at school for making fun of another student. She said her father removed his belt and struck her wrists about 15 times, then began lashing her legs. She said when she stepped back, he told her to stand still and struck her harder.

According to the report, which is heavily blacked out, a woman believed to be the children's mother told Plummer not to come to her home without asking first and to never discipline the children without her present. She told investigators that when she picked up her son at Plummer's home three days after the incident, and saw the black eye, she said she would not let the children go to their father's home or allow Plummer into her home.

School district records show Plummer, a district employee since July 2005, earns $76,709 as assistant principal.

According to a Florida Department of Education web page, Plummer has spent 14 years in education, including time at Miami-Dade County Public Schools. He earned a Bachelors degree in Business Operations from DeVry University and his Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.