Bronson man charged for domestic violence, child abuse

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LEVY COUNTY, FL – The Levy County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call on Sunday, May 16, 2021 and the expert dispatcher did what dispatchers do best, she listened. The victim called 911 during a domestic dispute with her live in boyfriend and quietly put the phone in her pocket. Our dispatcher heard the sounds of the argument and dispatched Patrol units to respond.

Deputies arrived to find a woman who was severely battered; black and blue marks were visible over most of her body. To make matters worse, a three year old child was in a similar condition. Deputies were forced to physically restrain the suspect who hurled profanities at our deputies and orders to the girlfriend not to cooperate with law enforcement. The Patrol Deputies arrested the suspect, Robert Burkhart (2/12/93) and summoned assistance from Detectives to assist with the crime scene and investigation.

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Detectives and Deputies concluded this investigation by filing three felony aggravated battery charges, felony child neglect and two misdemeanor battery charges. Burkhart is being held in the Levy County Detention Bureau in lieu of a $2.28 million dollar bond.  

Sheriff McCallum said this is another example of the dedicated and professional service and alertness of this 911 Dispatcher and all of our 911 personnel. “Certainly not to be forgotten is the victim in this case who had the courage and foresight to call 911 and leave her phone line open,” said Sheriff McCallum.


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