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Man Restrains Three Children with Zip Ties and Tape, Charged with Felony Child Abuse

HUDSON (PASCO) – A Pasco man faces a felony child abuse charge, after he used zip ties and tape to restrain three children.

Officials say on June 10th, 44-year-old John Robert Betz of 8408 Sunnydale Drive used zip ties to bind the hands and feet of three children behind their backs, and then used tape to cover their mouths.

Investigators made contact with Betz who admitted that he restrained the children as punishment, due to their constant fighting. Officials say the children were ages 4,5, and 7 and that Betz was their caretaker. The exact relation of the children is not known but Officials say the alleged crime is domestic in nature.

Officials say injuries from the zip ties were still visible 11 hours after they were removed.

Betz remains behind bars at this time on a $5,000 bond.

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  • They were his children,, Mother knew yet kept her mouth shut until it came out. Her hand forced.. then called the LEO’s…

    Thursday, 15 June 2017, 2:24 am
  • @getthefacts…touché. There’s always the rest of the story….Thanks for clarifying.

    Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 8:17 pm
  • Assuming is never a good idea. The mother saved these kids even took home one that was not even hers. They are not together they went to see dad 4 the summer not all of them where his kids some belonged 2 the gf whom is not innocent in the crime and u will soon see her picture up on here too. Don’t be so quick 2 judge and come on who cares about some spelling when 3 innocent children are being abused

    Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 1:48 pm
  • Only in Hudson

    Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 7:54 pm
  • So many women have been beaten down to the point they have NO SELF RESPECT OR SELF ESTEEM so they settle for whatever shows up. I’ve seen so much of this since living in nature coast area. Females crying how they don’t feel like a woman anymore, being disrespected by their partners, etc. Do you think your kids are learning something from this?? YOU BET THEY ARE!!! It’s not what you mothers want them to learn. Once your “domestic partner” is gone your kids will take over his place. Please place children in proper child care – ymca, church camp, etc. They deserve better than this abuser. May God bless them & keep them safe from evil. AND ONLY $5000 BOND. EVEN THE LAW IS DISREPECTING THESE CHILDREN AND THEIR SITUATION.!!!!!!!! DISGUSTING ALL THE WAY AROUND.

    Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 7:17 pm
  • Stories like this always make my blood boil as they have become a daily occurrence. I don’t give a rats arse (yes deliberate mis-spelling) what his role is to the mother, what I do care about is how woman today lack the divine aptitude to protect their children. This situation turned out much better than many other stories. Im sure this wasn’t his first act of control. Perhaps your children already told you and you didn’t listen. There are always signs…So now what momma?

    Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 6:01 pm
  • Please help me understand. If this guy had abused his dog there would be hundreds of comments. This is about 3 defenseless little kids, human begins . Where’s the furor????? It seems to me our priorities have become twisted!!!

    Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 6:43 am
  • How much you want to bet this is some looser, jobless, criminal record boyfriend that did this to kids that were not his own. It seems that so much child abuse is committed by guys like this, who are left in charge of the woman’s children, while she is off to work. Ladies, don’t leave your children in the care of a guy who does not have his act together. I don’t care how convenient or inexpensive it is versus daycare. You are better off with NO man in your life at all, than a man like this- mooching off of you, and hurting your kids.

    Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 1:32 am
    • Your an idiot Adam they said he was their caretaker! Not boyfriend of mother

      Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 7:34 am
      • Calm down big guy. First, you have to reread the article, and have an understanding of the terms that officials use when writing the reports. They said he was the caretaker, which would refer to someone who is in charge of the children for a period of time. Another word for that would be a babysitter. It would also include anyone who is looking after the children, as opposed to a stranger coming in or a visitor to the house.
        Next, they said the crime was domestic in nature. That means that the offender was domestically related to the children in some fashion. So he’s either a relative or someone who lives at the house with them. I don’t know for sure, but maybe the boyfriend. You can look at Florida State statute to determine the complete definition of someone who qualifies for a “domestic”
        relationship by law. But that’s a short version.
        Gotta use your thinking muscles sometimes.

        Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 12:26 pm
      • that would qualify. do you realize what some one that takes care of another is called? smh.

        Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 12:58 pm
  • what a POS! and only 5000 bond!??

    Monday, 12 June 2017, 7:34 pm
  • Times have changed. My grandmother used to make my dad kneel in the corner on rice but what this man did is unacceptable. Even if he argues that he was raised to disaplin children what he did is NOT DISAPLIN!!!!! I think we should be able to disaplin our children how we see fit but nothing more then a spank on tushie. I’ve learned words work better. He needs to be zipp tied

    Monday, 12 June 2017, 6:30 pm
    • Discipline?

      Monday, 12 June 2017, 9:26 pm
    • They should D I S C I P L I N E you for your terrible spelling. There is a spell checker available.

      Monday, 12 June 2017, 9:53 pm
    • UR an IDIOT!! ?
      JEN think twice before u post, weasle!!

      Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 5:47 am
    • Words don’t work better if u can’t SPELL!!!
      Douche bag!!

      Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 5:49 am
  • What the crap

    Monday, 12 June 2017, 6:15 pm

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