In October 2014 the Bonifay Police Department began an investigation into some false reports of child abuse/neglect being submitted to the Florida Abuse Registry.
The investigation began after numerous unfounded reports were filed reporting alleged abuse in two separate households. The local Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) Child Protective Investigative Unit contacted the Bonifay Police Department and asked for a criminal investigation into the matter.
The reports began in August 2014 and on some days the Abuse Registry was receiving multiple reports. DCF provided necessary information that led to subpoenas for records from two internet providers. The subpoenaed records led to the identification of a suspect connected to both households.
Jessica Elizabeth Combee, white female, 38 years-of-age, from Westville, FL has been arrested and charged with 28 counts of False Report(s) of Child Abuse. The offense is in violation of Florida Statute 39.205(9) and each count is a felony of the third degree.
When interviewed by law enforcement as to her motive for filing such reports, Combee responded, “to create havoc.” Combee was arrested last night and is currently in the Holmes County Jail with a $28,000.00 bond.
Bonifay Police Chief Chris Wells stated, “This is just one example of how people use the “system” to carry out their agenda against whomever they felt has done them wrong. The time and effort spent by law enforcement and DCF investigating these false reports could have been better used helping others who were really in need. I hope that this case will get the attention of others who might think twice before reporting something they know to be untruthful. I would also like to thank the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation and executing the arrest warrant.”