Deland couple face multiple counts of child abuse and neglect

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Taylor Schaefer, 28, and her boyfriend Shawn Stone, 32, face dozens of charges of child abuse and neglect.


In May, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged Shawn M Stone, 32, with aggravated child abuse with 23 additional counts of repeated acts of child abuse and neglect. Now the deputies are looking for Schaefer.

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Investigators say Taylor Schaefer called 911 last month and said he suspected her boyfriend Shawn M. Stone was abusing her 5-year-old son. Schaeffer revealed to authorities that she had recorded the abuse on her phone, but after deputies started watching the video, they discovered that Schaeffer had witnessed the abuse and had done nothing about it.

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According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation revealed multiple tapes of the victim being beaten while Schaefer was present in the home. She admitted she wanted to call 911 for her son, but waited nearly an hour. Doctors and nurses from Advent Health discovered 46 visible injuries on the victim.

Deputies said two other Schaefer children were also abused and neglected. They were removed from the house.

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