Florida Man Charged With Hitting Daughter For Not Attending Church

Jacksonville’s citizens believe in a wide variety of different things, from politics to economics, to religion. One characteristic that differs widely however is parenting styles. However, one’s parenting styles and beliefs, when taken out of hand, can make complicated issues for that person in the legal system. One in a situation such as this should contact an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and make sure one’s rights are protected.

According to the Sun Sentinel, Harry J. Hendrix of Palm Beach county has been charged with allegedly beating his daughter with a bike lock. The charge comes after the man allegedly came home and began questioning his daughter about why she was not in church that day. Hendrix then went upstairs, grabbed a bike lock, and began beating her with it. The daughter has been released into the care of her stepmother. images2.jpg

Jacksonville child abuse cases range in variety, but almost all revolve around a parent’s misdirected anger. The responsibilities of being a parent can become very stressful, to the point that many cannot handle the job. However, this does not mean that that person should be punished severely for the stresses put on that parent that are seemingly insurmountable.

Hendrix has been charged with aggravated child abuse, which under Florida Statute 827.03, is a first degree felony. The penalties of that charge can result in one going to jail for up to 30 years and facing fines of $10,000. However, there are other alternatives to prison that one should know about when being faced with a charge such as this.

Many times in a case like Hendrix’s, the State will argue the worst in the accused. The State will attempt to show the Judge as well as the jury that the accused is a danger to society, one’s family, and one’s self. The State does not see one as an individual with struggles. The State sees one as a child abuser who deserves nothing more than to be locked away in a cell where one cannot try to mend one’s broken family.

Many times, if one has been faced with a situation like this, one will see the walls closing in around them. However, there is hope to defeat or lessen one’s charge substantially. If one obtains an experienced Jacksonville child abuse defense attorney, one can ensure that one will have the best defense possible to one’s charge and make sure that one gets the help they need to begin the process of mending the family relationships they once had.

In a situation such as this, one’s attorney could argue that the damages done to one’s family relationships are damaged and that is punishment. Furthermore, an experienced attorney could provide alternatives to prison that would allow one to recover from that unfortunate event and move on, such as relationship counseling, anger management, probation, and supervised visitation. There are reasonable and proactive options for relief. An experienced attorney can provide one those options.


The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source:Police charge man with striking daughter, 16, over absence from church, Julius Whigham II, The Bradenton-Herald