Woman, Her Mother Charged With Making False Child Abuse Claims Against Father, Local School Principal

December 3, 2019

A local woman and her mother are charged in a case involving the filing of a false police report making child abuse claims against a father and a local elementary school principal.

Cheryl Nadine Smith, 62, and Monica Lynn Kidd, 34, were both charged with making a false statements to law enforcement.

According to an arrest report, Smith alleged the father had beat the children with a bullwhip, and had intentionally taken the children’s seat belts off and tried to wreck his vehicle. She also alleged he had made threats  to cut the children’s heads off with an axe, to lock them in a wire fence, to hit them with 2×4’s, and to cut their throats with a knife.

Smith also adamentely claimed that the father and a local elementary school principal had taken a child into a utility closet on school property and beat him with a paddle or 2×4, the report states.

ECSO documents show Smith and Kidd have filed several reports claiming child abuse by the father. Reports also note that Kidd and the father were in a custody battle.

An ECSO report states the claims made by the child  are “very disturbing” and that the child “may possibly have been coached and led to believe that these incidents actually happened”.

The report states the ECSO has evidence that all of the claims made by Smith against the father and school principal are false, including the fact the principal was not on campus when the incident involving her allegedly took place.

The deputy did not observe any injuries to the child on initial contact on November 8, but he did on November 9. The child was in the care of Smith and Kidd from November 8-10, and “it is likely these injuries possibly occurred while (the child) was in the care of Kidd and Smith”, the arrest report states.

Both women were released from jail on $1,500 bond.

The Department of Children and Family Services was also notified and in reference to Kidd and Smith making false accusations, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Pictured: Cheryl Nadine Smith. Kidd’s mugshot was not released under Florida law because she is a current, former, spouse or child of a law enforcement officer.


13 Responses to “Woman, Her Mother Charged With Making False Child Abuse Claims Against Father, Local School Principal”

  1. Friend of father on December 4th, 2019 10:00 pm

    I know the father of the children. No he is not a police officer..just a daddy who wants what is right for his children. How sad these two women try to poison their children mind against him.. praying he gets hus children and they get the help they need and the mom gets supervised visitation..

  2. Concered Citizen on December 4th, 2019 7:14 pm

    Maybe they should interview the child.
    Of course, they’ll probably say the child is lying, too.
    You’ll notice why it says they can’t post mom’s picture — the father in the situation is probably a cop. They do tend to protect their own.

    Hopefully a very thorough investigation to all allegations will be made, by parties with no ties to law enforcement agencies – unbiased third parties – to ensure the truth is found.

  3. Jimbo Slice on December 3rd, 2019 10:59 pm

    I have been in the position of these men, it cost me everything. Fortunately the courts are beginning, as in my case, to realise that the abusive false witness provided by psychotic individuals is extremely dangerous to children in compromising positions. Glad to see justice actually work in Escambia County. Shame on a broken system, shame on DCF for enabling it, and shame on anyone who would lie in order to destroy another person.

  4. Been a victim too on December 3rd, 2019 9:51 pm

    What makes it worse is when friends and neighbors still look at you thinking you really did what was alleged and will always have in the back of their mind the accusations. Accusers will never be charged; but the accused are given a life sentence of judgement.

  5. c on December 3rd, 2019 1:11 pm

    It’s nice to see when hateful people are actually held accountable for their shenanigans. Kudos to DCF for allowing your investigator to do something about it. Kudos to ECSO for putting a stop to the nonsense. It’s unfortunate that family law situations rarely end this way.

  6. Howie on December 3rd, 2019 10:34 am

    Monica Kidd should have no rights to any custody of her children.

    Both women need supervised visits.

    They are mentally unstable women, but the Judges won’t see that these days.

  7. David on December 3rd, 2019 10:26 am

    Not impressed with DCF as woman is the 1st tell yell abuse of a child to get their way and the DCF 99% of the time focuses on the real dirty party
    Yet, there has been no repercussion on the party making the false charge

    The DCF is gender based when it comes to investigations…
    Usually the one making the charge has a vendetta against the other party.

    Children are too often used as pawns and the system is not smart enough…and is biased into believing a fictional story
    2 sides to every story, but you cant be selective to who or whom you should talk to
    Been there and done that..and my granddaughter died because of the DCF biased findings
    You can pencil whip any DCF report

  8. cuz on December 3rd, 2019 9:55 am

    They’re evil women

  9. bewildered on December 3rd, 2019 8:49 am

    Lord have mercy! These two obviously very mentally disturbed people are out on a $1,500 bond. No sane person would make such overboard outrageous allegations and hope to regain custody of a child.

  10. Judy on December 3rd, 2019 8:41 am

    They should be prosecuted heavily, and have no more contact with the child. This is disgusting, and she don’t even look like she is sorry it happened!

  11. Molino Mom on December 3rd, 2019 8:06 am

    Wrong Wrong Wrong to say a father has abused a child when there is no abuse. It mutes the voices of children that have been actually abused. Shame on these two women. Shame Shame.

  12. Gm on December 3rd, 2019 7:13 am

    If convicted- they should face the same sentences the Dad and Principal would face for the claims if they had been convicted

  13. Mae on December 3rd, 2019 5:53 am

    My very first question is “With that kind of abuse, were there severe bruising and severe tell tale marks?” I believe in children first, always protect small ones.

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