NW Florida couple charged for 'malicious punishment' in Bay County case

PARKER — In what authorities described as a case of “malicious punishment,” a Parker couple has been arrested after children in their care allegedly were shocked with a stun gun and forced to eat dog feces as punishment, according to arrest reports.

Dannie Lee Bullock, 33, and Amber Nicole Waldrop, 31, appeared in court Thursday in connection with the case. Parker Police Department officials reported at least one child, whose name and age have not been released, was subjected to extreme punishments while in the couple’s care while three other children witnessed the abuse. Bullock is charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse and Waldrop is charged with four counts of child neglect, court records stated.

The couple also was charged with possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia after authorities allegedly found the items at their Parker home. Bullock and Waldrop could not be reached for comment Friday, as they remain in custody on bonds of $47,500 each, court records show.

Police reported the incidents had been going on for a year at an unidentified Parker address when authorities opened an investigation July 27. Bullock and Waldrop had been dating and living together at the residence with the four children, although their relationship to the children has not been released because of the nature of the charges.

During the past year, Bullock allegedly had been using “malicious” means to punish one or more of the children, police reported.

Bullock used an “electronic stunning device to shock the child causing bruising of the child,” officers wrote. Bullock “would also punish the child by forcing the child to eat dog feces. These acts were witnessed by other children in the home.”

While the punishments were going on, Waldrop was acting as caregiver to the children but allegedly did nothing to protect them from the abusive acts, police reported.

Officers investigated the allegations until Aug. 9, when arrest warrants were issued for the couple. In the course of the investigation, officers allegedly found a syringe containing liquid methamphetamine in the couple’s bedroom, police reported.