Mothers Failure to Protect from Fathers Child Abuse In Florida

In Zile v. State, 710 So. 2d 729 (Fla. 4th DCA 1998) appellant was convicted of aggravated child abuse when she was present and "failed to execute her duty to protect the victim by standing by and allowing her husband to punish the victim so severely," but the court reversed her conviction of a separate incident of aggravated child abuse, because: "there was no evidence that appellant participated or was in a position to stop it". She was not present in the room at the time of the latter incident of abuse, and there was no indication she was aware of what was occurring.