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Child Abuse Suspects Taken Into Custody

20 November 2012  
Recent Child Abuse / Neglect Incidents  

Dewey, Arizona – On November 19, 2012, at approximately 7:30 AM, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a 911 call for help in the 1600 block of Wait a Minute Way, Dewey. Upon arrival, deputies contacted 34-year-old Seth Overson at the front door. He admitted arguing with his wife but could not understand why deputies were called. During a welfare check inside the home, deputies found Overson's 5-year-old son in a bedroom bleeding from his nose and mouth. A further exam revealed bruising on the child's face and upper body. The child initially told deputies the injuries were due to a recent fall, but later admitted his dad was the cause. Deputies discovered Overson had choked the child and struck him with a plastic curtain rod. Overson eventually admitted assaulting his son to deputies. Overson's wife and 11-month-old child were not injured. The injured child was transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Overson was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Child Abuse, Assault on a Child, and Assault Resulting in Serious Injury. He remains in-custody on a $120,000 bond.

Bagdad, Arizona – In recent days, YCSO deputies had been dispatched several times to a home in the 300 block of Fletcher Drive, Bagdad, regarding domestic violence and child/animal neglect issues. Children's Protective Services were also conducting an investigation into the welfare of 2 children in the home, ages 9 months and 2 years. The involved suspects are identified as 26-year-old Robert Stafford, the father, and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Zylvoria Walton. The 9-month-old baby requires nourishment via a feeding tube placed in its abdomen. Walton was an admitted caretaker for both children when Stafford was away. On these prior contacts, deputies warned Stafford and Walton that conditions inside their home were becoming unfit for the children. Garbage, dirty laundry, and dog feces were found throughout the home, including the children's rooms. A bag of food in a feeding bag, meant for the infant's special needs, was found spoiled in the kitchen. The infant was eventually seen by a doctor who found a serious infection, conceivably life-threatening, at the feeding tube site in the infant's abdomen.

Deputies noted that on several prior occasions, both Stafford and Walton were given ample opportunity to rectify living conditions in the home and had made no effort to do so. As the environment for the children continued to deteriorate, and in light of the infant's recent medical findings, deputies developed probable cause to arrest Stafford and Walton. On November 12, both were booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including 2 counts of felony Child Abuse. Each remains in-custody on a $150,000 bond.  

CPS has taken custody of both children. The dogs have been removed from the home and placed with a Prescott area animal shelter.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov