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Florida Couple Charged With Murder in ‘Worst Child Abuse Case’

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A Florida couple arrested after their 6-year-old son was found unconscious in the toilet of a squalid hotel room have been charged with murdering the boy and abusing their other five children so badly their bodies were covered in cuts, bruises, and marks that matched a blood-smeared shoe.

Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez called it “the worse child abuse case” he and his detectives had ever seen—and he denounced the parents, Bianca Blaise and Larry Rhodes, as “savages” and “monsters.”

At a Wednesday news conference, featuring photos of the Knights Inn hotel room that housed the family of eight for months and of some of the injuries, Lopez revealed that two of the surviving children had described horrific beatings.

And an autopsy on the 6-year-old revealed that he died from blunt force........

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