Man charged with abusing child, 5, at Sarasota day care

SARASOTA - A 21-year-old man has been arrested on a charge of sexually abusing a 5-year-old child at a Sarasota daycare center operated by his grandmother, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Mark Dungan-Carpenter allegedly assaulted the child in October 2008 at Sandy's Family Childcare, a private residential child care facility in the 4000 block of Vana Drive, just south of Bee Ridge Road. Dungan-Carpenter, who also is owner Sandra Dugan-Carpenter's adopted son, faces a charge of sexual battery on a child under the age of 12, according to authorities.

Mark Dungan-Carpenter lives at the residence, but he is not listed as an employee of the center, according to the sheriff's office. However, his grandmother occasionally paid him to watch the children, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff’s office said it is working with the Department of Children and Families on the investigation, including identifying any other possible victims. DCF is conducting the administrative investigation regarding the operation of the childcare business.

Anyone with information related to the investigation can call Detective Kimberly Northfield at (941) 861-4916, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling (941) 366-TIPS (8477), or online at or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).