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Court records show alleged abuse history of foster parents accused of sex crimes

Daniel and Jenise Spurgeon (Source: Florence Police Department)) Daniel and Jenise Spurgeon (Source: Florence Police Department))

On the heals of a massive child abuse investigation in Lauderdale County involving two foster parents, Department of Human Resources officials said by law they are required to visit a child once every 30 days and the foster parents twice a year to make sure the home meets requirements.

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Court documents filed in July 2016 reveal the entire investigation into Daniel and Jenise Spurgeon was prompted in Cape Coral, Florida after two foster/adoptive teens were seen drunk at a KFC and told officers there that they got the booze from their father. The girls were reportedly so intoxicated that they had to go to the hospital.

That led police to investigate the Spurgeons' home in Florida. When Florida police initially arrived to investigate the Spurgeons, they reported finding Daniel Spurgeon naked with one of the children upstairs.

One of the victims told Cape Coral police she was molested by Daniel from age 12 until she was 16. According to court documents, some of the children were forced to watch porn and do re-enactments with Daniel. Investigators said he would get the girls drunk to sexually abuse them.

Both Daniel and Jenise Spurgeon reportedly physically abused the 11 foster and adoptive kids. All eleven children - nine girls and two boys - described being treated differently from the biological kids. According to documents, they had separate food than the other kids, which was more dull and less nutritious.

Punishment ranged from pushups, cold showers, being smacked with a spatula or thrown into walls.

The children also described the poor living conditions. And a medical exam showed the children hadn't seen a doctor or dentist in years, and several were diagnosed with scabies.

In court documents filed in January 2017, the Department of Human Resources has a total of 317 pages of records from this family and two DVDs of interviews with five victims for prosecution.

When the family lived in Florence back in 2010, a former foster child reported to DHR the punishment and only receiving one bath since in the home. Daniel Spurgeon reportedly told the agency the child lies, has a sassy attitude and tells stories about their lives.

The documents show DHR of Alabama made 11 home visits to make sure it met the requirements and one time reviewed corporal punishment policy prior to a complaint from a former foster child.

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