Father describes pain, anger after daughter’s caregiver arrested in connection with her pregnancy

SEBASTIAN, Fla. — Robert Blanchard said his family first became aware of a problem four years ago, when his daughter would call from a Bridges group home in tears.

She said someone was hurting her, Blanchard said. He and his family, of Sebastian, held a new conference Monday afternoon in a second-floor room at Capt Hiram’s Resort.

“My feelings inside me are pain,”  said, pausing to collect himself. “A lot of hurt.”

Police arrested Willie Shorter, 58, of Rockledge, Feb. 6 and charged him with the 2015 lewd and lascivious battery of Blanchard’s daughter Dawn, now 43, for whom he was a caregiver. Dawn Blanchard has developmental disabilities.

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