- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A juvenile detention deputy has been charged with cruelty toward a child after allegedly using excessive force while putting a juvenile in his cell.

According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, authorities reviewed video footage of Sgt. Ovando Vincente Blankenship escorting the juvenile into a cell on April 21. The sheriff’s office said the video varies from what Blankenship wrote in his official report. The Pensacola News Journal (https://tinyurl.com/kx32ydo ) reports he has also been charged with falsifying official documents.

No other details were released. It was not clear whether Blankenship had retained an attorney.

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Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, https://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com


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