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A Florida couple have been charged with more than 300 counts each of child sex abuse involving 11 biological, adopted and foster children, some just toddlers.

Daniel Spurgeon, 47, and his 52-year-old wife, Jenise Spurgeon, were arrested in Cape Coral, Florida, on outstanding warrants stemming from an ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual abuse in Florence, Alabama, where the couple had lived years earlier, reports Daily Mail.

According to the Florence Police Department, in July 2016, detectives in Alabama were contacted by their counterparts in Florida about abuse allegation involving the Spurgeons and 10 of their children, which sparked an investigation into their past conduct.

After conducting multiple interviews and gathering evidence in the case, police in Alabama issued warrants this week for the foster parents’ arrest.

Daniel Spurgeon was already in the Lee County Jail in Florida with holds placed on him for the warrants in Alabama.

Jenise Spurgeon was taken into custody on Wednesday during a court hearing on related charges in Florida.

Mr Spurgeon is facing more than 100 counts each of first-degree sexual abuse, child abuse and enticing a child for immoral purposes. Others charges against him include sodomy; sexual torture; rape; domestic violence by strangulation; incest and human trafficking.

The charges against Mrs Spurgeon include 100 counts each of child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and enticing a child for immoral purposes, as well as a single count of domestic violence by strangulation and 11 counts of human trafficking.

Police Sgt. Brad Holmes said the victims’ ages range from toddlers to teenagers.

The News-Press reported that the case began unfolding in July 2016 when one of the Spurgeons’ foster children, a daughter who is 19 years old and had moved out of their home last year, went to the police claiming that she had been sexually abused from age 12 to 16, while the family lived in Alabama.

Shortly after, Jenise Spurgeon pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated child abuse. She had been out on $300,000 bond.

Her husband was charged with 15 criminal counts in the Florida case, including sexual assault and lewd and lascivious behavior on a child between ages 12 and 18.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of abuse contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. 

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  • yuck these people were trusted but they let those kids down! sickos!

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  • Really just makes you feel sick.

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  • Just sickening. These people were deemed safe to care for others children and these do these vile horrific things. I hope they are locked up for life

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  • I hope the children involved get all the help they need to deal with the trauma.

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  • Looking at their facebook pages you would have no idea. They seem like wonderful people with beautiful children. As they always say you only see what people want you to see on facebook.

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  • This breaks my heart !!
    And hard to read that Jenise Spurgeon pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated child abuse. She had been out on $300,000 bond ??!!

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  • What horrible, disgusting people these two are.

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  • I hope the courts have made sure suitable arrangements re accomodation prior to these two being taken into custody. A wild animal doesn’t treat its own little ones like this.

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  • What a horrible and disgusting couple,justice will be served!

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  • This brings tears to my eyes then I get red faced with anger. OMG if this couple did all this I hope they never see the light of day again. Vile vile creatures.
    I am praying and hoping for a good outcome for these poor children.

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