Former Fosters Parent is Facing Hundreds of Abuse Charges

Anika Steed, 12th                                                                                     April 26,2017

On Wednesday, April 19th, Jenise Spurgeon bail was set to $2 million and the Lauderdale County District Judge Carole ruled that $500,000 of Jenise Spurgeon’s bail must be in cash. Her husband,Daniel W. Spurgeon, bail has not yet been posted.

The former foster parents has been charged with more than 300 criminal offenses against children in her care.Combined, the couple faces more than 700 counts of child abuse, sexual abuse, rape, incest, human trafficking and many other crimes against children.

This case first came into place when the husband,Daniel Spurgeon, was arrested in July of 2016 after three teens with him at a Cape Coral KFC were reportedly intoxicated. In the course of that investigation, the sexual abuse allegations came to light, which led police to Alabama where the couple was already being investigated on the same charges.

Jenise Spurgeon is charged with 100 counts each of child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and enticing a child for immoral purposes. She also faces 11 counts of human trafficking and one count of domestic violence strangulation-suffocation.

Mr. Spurgeon is being charged with 115 counts each of enticing a child for immoral purposes and sexual abuse along with 122 counts of child abuse. He is also charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12, four counts of sexual torture, three counts of domestic violence by strangulation-suffocation, six counts of rape, 11 counts of human trafficking and six counts of other sexual abuse-related charges.

Spurgeon, 52, and husband Daniel W. Spurgeon, 47, were arrested last year in Florida on hundreds of charges of child abuse, sexual abuse, and other crimes against 11 children they adopted or fostered for seven years while they had lived in Alabama. The couple has been charged in both Florida and Alabama.
Spurgeon’s attorney J. Breck Robinson requested a preliminary hearing, which will be held May 24.


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