SARASOTA -- A 35-year-old Sarasota man has been charged with abusing his 11-year-old daughter, who died this week, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators have determined the girl was regularly hog tied, to a board on her bed with duct tape on her mouth, or tied up and put in a filthy family pool," according to authorities.
Sarasota County paramedics were called to the home of Kenneth Stoddard on Dec. 12 when the girl, Melissa Stoddard, stopped breathing. The girl was taken to Doctors Hospital in Sarasota and later to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, where doctors discovered Melissa had severe brain damage and was classified as brain dead, according to the sheriffs office.
The girl "also had ligature marks on her upper arms, wrists, ankles and thigh area," the report states.
Melissa Stoddard died Monday, and an autopsy determined that the cause of death was hypoxia, which is caused by the deprivation of adequate oxygen supply.
The Department of Children and Families has taken custody of the five other children who also lived in the home, some of whom described how the parents restrained Melissa," the sheriff's office said.
Kenneth Stoddard is charged with aggravated child abuse and is being held without bond. Additional charges are possible, according to the sheriff's office.