PD: Mother accused of punching, biting children in Holly Hill
HOLY HILL, Fla. —A Holly Hill mother is accused of biting and punching her two children, who suffer from mental disorders, according to police.
Investigators were alerted of the alleged abuse by the victims’ pastor, according to the Holly Hill Police Department.
According to the arrest affidavit, the children told the pastor their adopted mother, 37-year-old Allison Fowler, abused them after the pastor noticed scratch and bite marks on one of the children.
Police said the children revealed several incidents in which Fowler caused them physical and emotional abuse by punching, choking and calling them names. When police interviewed the boy, he said Monday night Fowler was screaming at him so he locked himself in the bathroom. Police said when she finally got to him, she grabbed him by his throat and bit his pinky finger
They also said Fowler had beaten them so badly in the past that they each received black eyes.
Allison Fowler’s mother, Donna Fowler, told investigators she witnessed the abuse and was afraid to tell police because she was afraid her daughter would hurt her too.
Donna Fowler also told investigators one of the children is mentally challenged and the other suffers from ADHD.
Allison Fowler was arrested and charged with child abuse causing great bodily harm. She was released on Wednesday, but a judge ordered that she have no contact with the children, who are in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Investigators said a death in the family led Allison Fowler to adopt the children.