Two arrested for child abuse of boy with Downs Syndrome

The Panama City Police Department arrested Tina Joyce Gainer and Shelton Deon Watson Jr. for Child Abuse of an 11-year-old boy with Downs Syndrome.

Tina Gainer

The Panama City Police Department arrested Tina Joyce Gainer and Shelton Deon Watson Jr. for Child Abuse of an 11-year-old boy with Downs Syndrome.

The child lived with his mother Tina Gainer at the Massalina Public Housing complex. Multiple witnesses observed the incident on Feb. 24.

Watson was holding down the child as Gainer repeatedly struck the child in the face, chest, legs, and crotch with a leather weight lifters belt causing injury.

The Florida Dept. of Children & Families sheltered the child.

Gainer and Watson were arrested and transported to the Bay County Jail to await first appearance.

Any one with information or who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact the Panama City Police Dept. at (850) 872-3112.

Anyone witnessing acts they believe to be Child Abuse or Neglect are urged to contact their local law enforcement agency and/or the DCF anonymous tip line at 1-800-96-ABUSE (22873).


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  • by t.j.g on Mar 30, 2009 at 04:49 PM
    These people should be stoned to death...
  • by t.j.g Location: Panama on Mar 30, 2009 at 04:47 PM
    SENTINCE TO DEATH..WHY
  • by Unknown Location: Unknown on Mar 18, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    Absolutly unbelievable! I would've ripped thier heads off and put it on for display!! I am disgusted!
  • by ..... Location: florida on Feb 27, 2009 at 06:36 AM
    how could mothers abuse their children? it's a long process to give birth to a child, and then abuse them? i wouldnt even touch that child with hate. kids are gifts.
  • by Cindy Location: Dothan on Feb 26, 2009 at 09:10 PM
    There is no punishment severe enough for this crime, not even death. The fear and the pain this poor child endured will forever scar him physically and emotionally. I agree with Linda, the American government will be too easy on them.
  • by MomofaDownsChild Location: Dothan, AL on Feb 26, 2009 at 06:58 PM
    How dare those two to hurt an innocent child! Downs children are the sweetest and most loving angels. This breaks my heart terribly to hear of this. If the state of Florida wants to save some money on the punishment of these two and Casey Anthony, they can send them my way and I won't charge them a dime!!! God Bless This Child!
  • by kristi Location: enterprise,al on Feb 26, 2009 at 03:11 PM
    How terrible. I cant believe that people can treat a child like that. There should be severe punishment for that!
  • by Linda Location: Atlanta on Feb 25, 2009 at 05:59 PM
    Come on people, what is this world coming to! Children are a blessing to us, no matter how they was born. If you can not handle a child and you don't want them give them up, there is somebody out there, that will love them, like their own! Now the parent need to be sent oversea to one of the USSR countries for their punishment! America will be to easy of them! Stone them to death!
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