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DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office Nab Animal Cruelty Suspect

On Sunday, June 11, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement deputy, Corporal Baker, responded to Little Willies RV Park regarding a call of a suspicious vehicle from a concerned citizen. The vehicle matched the description of the vehicle Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office was searching for in reference to an animal cruelty case. Corporal Baker arrived on scene and observed the truck and a trailer, and the driver James Albert Hayles.
Hayles had an active warrant out of Charlotte County for driving with a suspended license. Corporal Baker interviewed Hayles which eventually led to a confession regarding the animal cruelty case leading to the death of a dog. After contacting Charlotte County Animal Control and speaking with the investigating officer, Corporal Baker transported Hayles to DeSoto County Jail where he was booked on his warrant. Hayles has since been released by the court system on bond.
Sheriff Potter wants to recognize our hard-working law enforcement deputy, Corporal Baker, for persistently investigating this case which eventually lead to a confession from the suspect. Whether it’s in our county or a surrounding jurisdiction, DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office is determined to thoroughly investigate each case, especially when the safety of an individual or animal is at risk.
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