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Gangbanger charged with murdering 4 year old in Sebring


According to a major University study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, white females married to black males are 12.4 times more likely to be murdered by their husband than white females married to white males. In fact black males were found to be 33% more likely to murder their wife, if she she white instead of black. White females, married to black males are the single highest risk category for Femicide. Source: J A Mercy and L E Saltzman. Fatal violence among spouses in the United States, 1976-85.. American Journal of Public Health: May 1989, Vol. 79, No. 5, pp. 595-599.

However, it is now very common that we see children from a previous relation killed in these pairings. It is not just the spouse who astronomically increases their chance of being murdered, but other family members as well.

From Highlands Today…

When 4-year-old Mercedes A. Blair arrived at a local hospital on Tuesday, it was quickly evident that she was severely injured, according to an arrest report released Friday.

Dr. Sally Smith, who is identified as being with a child protective team, determined that “Mercedes suffered from numerous bruises to her forehead, both ears, both shoulders, both arms, both legs, chest, back and abdomen. Mercedes suffered damage to her liver and kidneys. The bruising and damage to the organs was caused by blunt force trauma.

“Mercedes also suffered from a skull fracture to the crown of her head. The cause of the skull fracture was the result of a high force impact to the head on a broad flat surface. The impact to Mercedes’ head caused her to have brain bleeding and swelling. The entire right side of Mercedes’ brain was hemorrhaging, the report said.

And in addition to that, the report notes “the top of Mercedes’ right hand had a healing burn and the hand appeared to be fractured near the thumb. The burn appeared to be inflicted by another person by pouring a hot liquid onto the top of Mercedes’ hand.”

The man accused of being responsible for all those injuries, Ivan James Sanders, 28, 3533 County Road 17, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. Sanders showed no emotion when he appeared in court during his first appearance.

Assistant State Attorney Steve Houchin, who carried a photo depicting Mercedes in better times, told County Judge Anthony Ritenour that while Sanders would get no bond on the first-degree murder charge, the bond should be set at $250,000 for aggravated child abuse in case Sanders ever got a bond on the first-degree murder charge.

Ritenour set the bond at $500,000 for the aggravated child abuse charge.