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Terrifying Video Shows Man and Daughter Viciously Attacked, Judge Orders Shared Custody Despite Abuse

UPDATE: 6/27/2017, 4:32 P.M. – New information has developed that may conflict with earlier reports that Judge Stephen Toner denied Mr. Artura custody.

RNRF has requested audio of the court hearing and will update this story further at a later date.

SPRING HILL – When victims of domestic abuse take steps to end violence in their homes, they expect the law to protect them after an arrest has been made or when a Judge orders an injunction, but that’s not the case for one Spring Hill Man who says a Judge refuses to protect his family, even after presenting video evidence of a violent attack.

Joseph Artura contacted RNRF on Wednesday, after receiving a call from the State Attorney’s Office, advising him that his ex-girlfriend, 32-year-old Dawn Shannon, would be released from jail within the hour. Shannon was arrested in March 5th of this year for domestic battery and ordered to have no contact with the Joseph and their young daughter, upon her release.

After her arrest, Artura says Shannon ignored the Judge’s order and contacted him on several occasions. On May 25th, Artura says deputies finally arrested Shannon at her home on Trellis Ave, after she admitted to the prohibited contact. Due to violating the Judge’s order, Shannon was held without bond until her unexpected release on June 15th. Artura says a representative at the State Attorney’s Office told him just hours before Shannon’s release, “She is being released because she is too much hassle and cost too much money – so we’re letting her go.” Artura says even the representative seemed perplexed by the news and apologized for the short notice. She also advised that Shannon would not be on probation and there would not be protection from the court. Artura says Shannon has numerous medical issues due to a history of drug abuse and that she had to be transported to the hospital at least three times to undergo dialysis treatment. RNRF attempted several times to speak with Assistant State Attorney Shannon Jaungbauer but she has not returned our calls.

Court records indicate that Judge Kristie Ruppe accepted a plea deal on June 15th and sentenced Shannon to 20-days, time served, for Battery and Violating the Conditions of her Release. Judge Ruppe tells RNRF, “If there are victims in the courtroom we always give them an opportunity to speak before a plea deal is accepted.” Artura says he didn’t know that he had to attend the hearing because he had already communicated with the State Attorney’s Office and made it very clear that he was cooperating with the investigation. Artura is shocked by the ruling because he expected Shannon to at least receive probation and maybe have some continued protection.

Adding insult to injury, Artura says after Shannon’s arrest he petitioned the courts for an order of protection. Surprisingly, and despite submitting horrifying video evidence of the violent attack, Judge Stephen Toner denied his petition and even chastised him in court for recording the incident. In addition to denying his petition, Judge Toner gave full custody of their daughter to Shannon. Artura says the custody agreement was later modified to allow equal time sharing, even though Artura says he cares for their daughter more than 70% of the time.

I asked Artura if he planned to petition the courts again for an order of protection but he said, “I’m scared to go back in front of Judge Toner after what he did to me last time.” Artura continued, “What if he takes my daughter away from me again?”

Shannon did not return our call for comment.

Click below to watch a portion of the terrifying 17-minute video that shows Shannon attacking Artura and his daughter. WARNING: This content may be too disturbing for some viewers.

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  • NEITHER OF THEM DESERVE THAT KID and he has been ranting and making himself look even more ridiculous with his comments. If he really cared about his kid he would be off social media ACTUALLY TAKING CARE OF KID and making sure the situation was resolved in a mature manner. THEY ARE BOTH WRONG! More worried about camera and throwing her under the bus sounds like he has a guilty conscious and wanted to get her before she got him. 3 SIDES TO EVERY STORY HIS/HERS/TRUTH!

    Monday, 19 June 2017, 8:13 am
  • Oh I guess you must of been there at her house at midnight too “just saying”!! Maybe your her meth dealer, just saying!! And if that is the worst thing joe has did,,, then DCF should definitely take his rights away!! Your a f_ _ _ ing POS too!! Say something intelligent next time!! JUST SAYING!!

    Monday, 19 June 2017, 2:41 am
  • Wow you must be a dirty C_ _t like dawn is!!!!!! I don’t really care about what joe can get that’s irrelevant, anyone with a right mind can clearly see her beating the crap out of him!! WITH HER DAUGHTER RIGHT THERE!! Maybe she lost custody of her other 2 kids already! Hmmm wonder why!! Yea this is on a personal level with this dirty bitch!! And you can clearly hear her say on video she don’t care about herself being on video and hit her daughter more than once!! No worries just saying she will get what she deserves and it’s a long time coming!!! BTW SHES HIGH ALL THE TIME!!!! Methhead looking bitch! And if you don’t think she’s a methhead, then your just as stupid as dawn is!!!LMAO KARMA.. gotta love it!!!!!

    Monday, 19 June 2017, 2:34 am
  • Worst nightmare….. Don’t even try to defend him and act like he is innocent. He is a p.o.s. and everyone knows it after watching that video. He showed up at her house in the middle of the night high. That’s why he can’t get custody of that baby. He is pure trash and you sound like you are too.

    Sunday, 18 June 2017, 8:10 pm
  • Dawn needs to close her dirty snatch and stop having more kids to live off welfare!!!! She’s a dirty homewrecking whore!!!! She will eventually get hers it’s been a few years but she will get it!!! I’d love to do to her what she did to joe!! Springhill is not that big C_ _T!!!!

    Sunday, 18 June 2017, 7:28 am
  • Stupid people keep breeding because they are looking for what they never got at home as a child. Love, acceptance, proper training in being a decent human but especially they lack knowledge of HOW TO BREAK THE PATTERNS THAT HAVE BEEN INGRAINED SINCE THEIR BIRTH BY OTHER STUPID PEOPLE.

    Saturday, 17 June 2017, 9:13 pm
  • Stupid is as stupid does. What else is there to say? The children are the ones who lose the most in these types of situations. 🙁

    Saturday, 17 June 2017, 8:32 pm
  • don’t know either of these “parents:, but clearly the guy baited her into acting… and she fell for it! stupid people shouldn’t breed!

    Saturday, 17 June 2017, 8:10 pm
  • heaven only knows, O.M.G.! that’s funny! freakin funny as hell! awesome! your right, once again great points here by so many………….i first said other day i’d drop the boom on her, but. i have a personal rule i have and willl always adhere to, i have/will never hit punch a women, i have had the same woman, kick the front window outta my car for not giving her enough attention, (was going to next street to play guitar with long time buddy) also had her swing wild @ my face, and i simply grabbed her arms and restrained her, however i think there are times when a good solid open handed smack to the side if the face is warranted, this maybe 1 of em…….. also glad someone pointed out something i try to keep in mind always! that there is 2 sides to every story! only god and them know the truth! but he’s a drama queen, she is an ASS! precious child is gonna be headed down the wrong path if….a big blessing doesn’t come to her. sad for her,video mostly drama to us adults but to her magnified to BIG TRAUMA! ,not drama.yes on churning judges, the same as dam congress members churn em!!!!!

    Saturday, 17 June 2017, 6:23 pm
  • No one told me that I was going to be watching a zombie movie. When I replay the movie later on tonight, I am going to invite my lady over and make sure I grab some Jujubes and popcorn. This is pure entertainment!

    Saturday, 17 June 2017, 5:33 pm
  • TJ well said! the more i watch it and think about it, i have so many thoughts, but yes that precious young lady comes 1st! and yes the men are fighting uphill most of the time, not always but most times,not mention you can be charged with assault by simply gently touching someone with your dam pinky finger these days! how freaking (off ) everything is!

    Saturday, 17 June 2017, 5:19 pm
  • If Hernando County is so corrupt MOVE, it’s no different than any other place. Good old boys exist everywhere. As far as the judges being partial to woman, I agree and I’m a woman. I have watched three of my male friends struggle with child custody and mamma drama and get no where. Fathers should have more rights. I also agree that if a male did what she did he would be in jail. Both parents need to reasses what is most important about their relationship, it should be their daughter, and they should want better for her. At the end of the day there’s a little girl absorbing every negative word and action and will likely become an abuser or settle for one. It’s an unnecessary vicious cycle.

    Saturday, 17 June 2017, 4:28 pm
  • great comments by many, after more thought yes tom like site and all good you do, nothing personal but that ain’t viscious! guys sissy playing game/system and judge was right! there both moron’s! WOW! SISSY!

    Saturday, 17 June 2017, 3:57 pm
  • okay so:
    1. why did dad continue to hold that baby while baiting mom?
    2. why did mom go on, knowing she’s on video?
    3. why did this go on as long as it did without DCF/police being called?
    4. after the fact, where is DCF and why wasn’t this baby removed from both parents?
    i spent 10+ years as a Guardian Ad Litem, representing children like this baby in the Courts and advocating for their best interests. i’ve known Judge Toner to be a very fair, compassionate judge who looked at every aspect of a case before rendering judgment. i don’t think he would not put any child at risk, by handing him/her over to an abusive parent.
    i think there is a lot more to this story than we’re being told. but, either way, my heart aches for this child, who deserves so much better.

    Saturday, 17 June 2017, 2:57 pm
    • GALs like you are clueless when it comes to protecting a child from abuse. That’s why it keeps happening. You blame the victim (father) and stand behind a corrupt judge who wants to deny any domestic violence occurred. Children who are taken from less than perfect but loving parents (in this case the father) and put in foster homes are abused much worse than what you see in that video. And those who grow up in the foster system typically do not do well as adults. I presented phone calls, pictures and video of abuse and it was all ignored in the kangaroo court system that gave full custody to their father. I have my son but not my daughter who I haven’t had a meaningful relationship in over 2 years for more than drop offs and pickups of her brother. I completely understand why the father won’t go back to court.

      Sunday, 14 October 2018, 8:21 pm
  • They are both pretty trashy. I feel for the child. DCF should get involved and take the children into custody for protection. Both parents need to have counseling and anger management classes and avoid each other at all cost. The adults are sad indeed.

    Saturday, 17 June 2017, 2:45 pm
  • I dont care what happened in the past this needs to go to jail and be charged with child endangerment. She had no regaurd for the safety of her kid. Dcfs is usually gung ho when it comes to taking kids how could they not step in at this point.

    Saturday, 17 June 2017, 1:48 pm
  • Not surprised. Too many trailer trash reproduce and then expect different results for their children.

    Saturday, 17 June 2017, 11:18 am
  • Fathers rights are hard to get in this state. It’s no secret Florida is strictly a for mom state. With that being said the only this father failed to do was put the camera down and dial 911, then pick the camera back up. That judge showed poor judgment and as a voter I will keep that in mind. Dcf should be involved speaking and advocating for that child now. Family needs to step up or something. That little baby is the one who needs help.

    Saturday, 17 June 2017, 10:26 am
    • TJ, ” family needs to step up ” ???? Where do you think these two losers learned their stupidity from??? Yes, DCF needs to remove this child and place her with a stable, loving home and family. I for one wouldn’t trust any family members of these two idiots. I reiterate they had to learn this behavior somewhere. My bet is from their own families. Father should have shielded this baby with his own body and left from the house. Mother needs anger management as well as father. This baby should not be returned to either of them for a long time. Neither ” parent ” deserves this beautiful child until they have counseling, anger management, parenting classes, etc.

      Saturday, 17 June 2017, 2:03 pm
  • I promise it that if a guy would have been doing that to a female, he would still be in jail and lose custody forever. But when a stupid f..cking female does that, it’s all poor me I’m the victim and it’s his fault I did it.

    Saturday, 17 June 2017, 8:06 am
  • HERNANDO COUNTY is the most corrupt county in the state of florida, its not who you know but who you blow

    Saturday, 17 June 2017, 4:20 am
    • couldn’t have said it better!!! you are so right

      Saturday, 17 June 2017, 10:49 am
  • Meth and oxys.. I’m sure

    Saturday, 17 June 2017, 1:25 am
  • at least glad her sister is doing better these days. I know all too much about this one so Im keeping my mouth shut…

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 9:48 pm
  • Video is sick only one I feel bad for is the little girl. Dcf needs to take that poor little girl and put her with some family or something

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 9:22 pm
  • I stand corrected. Guess there is just 1 child present. Thought I saw a young girl in the doorway at beginning of video. Sorry…

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 9:09 pm
    • you r right there are 3 children in that home.

      Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 5:25 pm
  • This is so sad. 2 little girls having to live this way w/ crazy undeserving parents. Don’t know their backgrounds , but someone should be cleaning up that dump of a house .. Poor kids need out of there… And anger management classes for so called adults.. Don’t think they’ll work tho..

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 9:05 pm
  • This should NEVER have been made public!!!

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 8:40 pm
    • Why not ? She should have controlled herself and not acted like a maniac around her kid. This does need to be public! Shes a danger to her child . i lost my child because she was hurt while not in my care. This is unexcusable .

      Saturday, 17 June 2017, 3:10 pm
    • Well the father seems quite immature even his own family is disgraced by him putting this on social media HE IS JUST AS GUILTY AS HER

      Monday, 19 June 2017, 8:19 am
  • Where is child services children have ? removed from situations not nearly as volital.

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 8:34 pm
  • That poor child…..prayers

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 7:04 pm
    • I have a couple of issues:
      1)it appears that this so-called father was baiting this POS mother and set up the video for court. The moron, POS mother took the bait.
      2) this so-called father continued to hold the baby , keeping the baby in harms way, as the POS mother began her attack.
      This poor child, neither moron deserves the title of parent because they certainly don’t reapect the responsibility. Both judges, in my opinion, made the right ruling.

      Friday, 16 June 2017, 7:43 pm
  • That POS judge needs to go. Remember him when his term is done.

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 6:52 pm
    • Judges, and lawyers for that matter, have tremendous egos. The longer a Judge is on the bench, the more inflated their ego becomes. That is why when I go to the voting booth and there is a choice of whether to retain a judge, I ALWAYS vote “NO”. If anything, it makes sitting judges to re-evaluate their actions and the result of their rulings which are under OUR scrutiny. VOTE !!

      Saturday, 17 June 2017, 2:26 pm
      • Agree time to drain the swamp of these long term judges.

        Saturday, 17 June 2017, 6:46 pm
  • BOOZE…. What a wonderful outlet we have, get sauced & beat each other up??
    Maybe they should chill out with some trees?
    This dude was obviously just as guilty as the sycho chic. He kept putting the baby in harm’s way! WAY TO GO DAD!!! Use the baby!
    If I was the judge I would question his priorities ALSO!!!

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 6:38 pm
    • ??? nicely said!

      Friday, 16 June 2017, 10:46 pm
  • He should have stopped videoing, once his daughter got hit. That baby did NOT deserve to go through that. Mom clearly needs help. Prayers for the little one.

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 6:36 pm
  • I know there’s always 2 sides, yet what I observed in the video was both parents acting like idiots, once the child was put down and out of harms way, mommy slugger didn’t stop nor did daddy o trying to get her obvious anger on tape. Of course, nothing new here. War of the Roses lives on and on…and at the end of it all is a child watching and absorbing. The cycle lives on.

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 6:27 pm
  • Could’ve protected the kid if wasnt so busy holding camera phone…

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 6:23 pm
    • The psycho mother shouldnt be attacking him for him to have to protect her.

      Saturday, 17 June 2017, 3:13 pm
  • WOW! after a little of that i would dropped a hay maker right in her head! girly girl want act like a man then get you some ! BOOM!

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 5:57 pm
  • Clearly the child belongs in a different home away from that crazy drugged out loser wow what a system I feel sorry for the poor little girl

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 5:53 pm
  • I feel so sorry for the baby – both adults ? act like idiots!

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 5:46 pm
  • It is sad that this happened but I have to say. Record the first hit and get your butt out of the house and stop posing for video putting your daughter in harms way. Sad all over.

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 5:45 pm
  • Wow! That’s crazy. Judge Toner is so corrupt and makes rulings that are against the law and statutes all of the time. How is he still judge? And how do you award custody to a mother who has no disregard for her child?

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 5:44 pm
    • Like I said before, the Judge NEEDS to be reported !!!!!

      Friday, 16 June 2017, 10:59 pm
    • Yep! And he needs to be REMOVED from the bench. HE is what’s wrong with the justice system in this county. He NEEDS to be terminated and replaced.

      Saturday, 17 June 2017, 1:09 am
  • Are you effin kidding me? Please list her full adress. This chickenhead can’t seriously get away with that!!! Let that cow do that to me while holding the baby. Oh hell no! And shame on the JUDGE for denying this man and his baby protection. With this video?!? Is the judge related to this chickenhead or screwing her?

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 5:42 pm
    • The Judge needs to be reported !!!! Let that b*tch try that with me, they would be calling the coroner !!!!

      Friday, 16 June 2017, 10:58 pm
      • Boy you seem like a real catch!!! AND THEY SAY ALL THE GOOD ONES ARE GONE.. you are probably a loser meth head too

        Monday, 19 June 2017, 8:33 am
    • Maddy please go read a book you really sound stupid!

      Monday, 19 June 2017, 8:34 am
  • Coming from a former neighbor. I find it funny he hasn’t been arrested for any of the times he was getting high and beating the out of her. They’re both extremely unstable

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 5:41 pm
    • The only thing terrifying is the guy using the baby as tool!! What an A-hole!!!
      VICIOUS???? REALLY??????

      Friday, 16 June 2017, 6:55 pm
      • I don’t see this as a violent attack. I see a man acting like an immature child provoking his partner and his partner hitting him… which, of course, was wrong. I did not see her once touch the child. Manipulative man and a couple who needs anger management and parenting classes

        Friday, 16 June 2017, 8:26 pm
        • Well then you must be blind in one eye. Which skews your perception of reality. They both obviously need help. But the mother should have more of a regaurd for her child than to attack a person holding her. We will see thatlittle girl in 20 yrs because shes either been abuse or is an abuser. And the cycle goes on

          Saturday, 17 June 2017, 3:18 pm
        • EXACTLY

          Monday, 19 June 2017, 8:35 am
    • That was staged as hell. What a little

      Saturday, 17 June 2017, 12:52 pm
      • J

        Saturday, 17 June 2017, 10:28 pm
        • Why is DCF not drug testing both parents involved. He is for sure high af most of the time.

          Saturday, 17 June 2017, 10:30 pm

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