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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 7/5/2012 

 Bartow Man and Woman Arrested for Child Abuse and Child Neglect 

On Wednesday, July 4th, and Thursday, July 5th, 2012, Polk County Sheriff's Special Victims Unit detectives arrested 32-year-old David Lee Sinnett, and 29-year-old Arlene Tinson of 2765 Holly Lane in Bartow, for Aggravated Child Abuse and Child Neglect. 

According to the affidavit, Sinnett beat a 2-year-old boy he had access to with a clothes hanger about his face and body, causing several bruises and severely injuring the boy's eye. According to interviews with witnesses, Sinnett beat the child because he couldn't pronounce his (the child's) sister's name correctly. A doctor's examination of the child's black eye revealed a fractured orbital bone, which according to the docter could cause permanent eye damage or even loss of sight. He was arrested and charged with Aggravated Child Abuse. 

According to statements from witnesses and Arlene herself, she witnessed the abuse of the boy by David Sinnett, and did nothing to stop it, nor did she take the boy to the hospital or report the abuse to PCSO or any other authorities. She was arrested and charged with Child Neglect, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

"We want to send a clear message that we will arrest anyone who harms a child, or stands there and watches someone harm a child. It is unthinkable to me how anyone could allow a child to be abused by this violent man, and then not even take the child to the hospital or report the abuse to authorities." - Sheriff Grady Judd 

David Sinnett has been in the Polk County Jail on eight prior occasions. His most recent prior arrest was in 2005 for Attempted Second Degree Murder, and he was sentenced to five years in state prison. He was released from prison in May 2010. 


2005: Aggravated Assault (original charge --Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, downgraded to Aggravated Assault) - guilty/convicted

2005: Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon - guilty/convicted  

2003: Resisting Arrest - guilty/ convicted  

2003: Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon - guilty/convicted 

2003: Resisting Arrest - guilty/convicted 

2003: Possession of Marijuana WITS (with intent to sell) - guilty/convicted; Resisting Arrest -guilty/convicted               

2000: Disorderly Conduct - guilty/convicted 

1998: Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon - guilty/convicted 

1998: Carrying a Concealed Weapon -guilty/convicted 

1998: Possession of Marijuana - guilty/convicted 

1997: Burglary - guilty/convicted

Here is a link to Sinnett's Dept. of Corrections history (he also has prior arrests in Lafayette County):