A Florida police department is warning people of the dangers of spreading false information after a good Samaritan was mistaken for a kidnapper and had his name and picture spread across Facebook. The man was watching a softball game with friends in Lakeland, Florida, over the weekend when he noticed a 2-year-old girl walking around the sports complex alone, according to a statement from the Lakeland Police Department. The parents of the girl were told that their daughter had been seen with the man, walking towards a playground, police said. The parents believed that their daughter was being kidnapped.
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At that point, Lindsay told the detective, the knuckles of one attacker, Brittni Hardcastle, were bleeding. That transcribed interview and other court documents reviewed by the Orlando Sentinel on Friday provide more details about the beating case that has gained national attention. After a friend dropped Lindsay off at the house, the girls took turns striking her and videotaped the attack, the teen said. Several of the teens drove Lindsay to a nearby drug store, where they arranged for friend Lisa Kelley to pick her up. There was, like, golf balls on the lower right side of her face.
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Dillen Alex Murray of 2nd Ave. Lake Wales, was arrested Monday, March 19 after he confessed to beating Diaz with a metal baseball bat while the two were in the woods near their neighborhood. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said it took hours of questioning Murray and his friends to uncover what he believes is the real motivation for the killing — jealousy.
Giovanni Diaz was in the 8th grade at Frostproof Middle School. His mother tells FOX 13 News Giovanni is her oldest son, saying the year-old was incredibly smart, already taking college courses, and planning to graduate early. But those dreams were shattered Monday afternoon. After the brutal attack, Judd says the year-old calmly walked out of the woods.