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Cape Coral foster parents await extradition on 700 child abuse charges

Posted: 10:31 PM, Mar 09, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-10 08:43:24-05

A Cape Coral couple was arrested and charged with a total of 700 counts of child abuse and other charges against their 11 adopted and foster children.  Investigators say some of the victims were under the age of 12.

Jenise Spurgeon was placed back into custody Wednesday on warrants in Alabama; she's been charged with 312 counts of abuse in addition to the 10 charges she faces in Lee County.  Her husband, Daniel, has been in the Lee County Jail since July on 16 charges of child abuse. 

"You have never guessed it. I was flabbergasted when I heard two of them were drinking alcohol and had been picked up," said Nancy Buffington, a neighbor who often saw the children playing in front of their home. 

The Spurgeons are in the Lee County jail, pending an extradition hearing.

The Cape Coral investigation prompted Alabama police to start investigating.  That's where the couple lived before moving to Cape Coral.

The warrants issued in this case are as follows:

Daniel W. Spurgeon:
2 Counts-        Sexual Abuse of a Child Under 12
115 Counts-    Sexual Abuse 1st
122 Counts-    Child Abuse
4 Counts-        Sodomy 1st
4 Counts-        Sexual Torture
3 Counts-        Domestic Violence by Strangulation and/or Suffocation
6 Counts-        Rape 1st
115 Counts-    Enticing a Child for Immoral Purposes
6 Counts-        Incest
11 Counts-      Human Trafficking 1st

Jenise R. Spurgeon:
100 Counts-    Child Abuse
1 Count-          Domestic Violence by Strangulation and/or Suffocation
11 Counts-      Human Trafficking 1st
100 Counts-    Endangering the Welfare of a Child
100 Counts-    Enticing a Child for Immoral Purposes