domestic battery arrest

LAKELAND — Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is castigating a local paramedic for the Polk County Fire Rescue who just got arrested following a domestic violence investigation. The victim in this case also told detectives that the paramedic once tried drawing her blood after she had passed out.

Daniel Murphy, 23, was arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, June 26, charged with Domestic Violence Battery, a misdemeanor. Murphy also got charged with petit theft and possession of a prescription drug without a prescription, also misdemeanors.

Judd noted that Murphy is a public employee and said anyone working for the city or county has a responsibility to engage in proper ethical behavior at all times.

“Any person in the position of public service must be held to a higher standard,” Judd said. “Murphy’s actions casts a bad shadow on the good, hardworking men and women of Polk County Fire Rescue who serve and save lives of the people of Polk County.”

Why Did Detectives Launch This Domestic Violence Investigation?

Brian Bruchey, public information officer for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, noted in his report on the case that Murphy had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend, who he had been seeing for the past seven months, “after she confronted Murphy about his alleged infidelity.”

Bruchey noted that Murphy left their home in Lakeland, then came back to the house as his girlfriend was talking on her phone to a friend. “The victim told detectives that he lunged at her, grabbed her right arm, took her cell phone and threw it against the wall,” Bruchey noted, adding that the individual that Murphy’s girlfriend had been talking to on the phone then called the Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies got to the home, they reported that the girlfriend had bruising on her arm, and Murphy had again left the home. “But he too called the Sheriff’s Office,” Bruchey noted, “saying that he was the victim of an aggravated assault by his girlfriend, and that it had occurred several hours earlier.”

Detectives were able to make contact with Murphy, and they reported that he had on him two prescription drugs, Haloperidol and Amidate Etomidate, multiple IV lines and needles, saline bags, and syringes. Detectives also reported that Murphy confessed to taking these items from work.

What Did The Victim Tell Detectives?

According to Bruchey, the girlfriend told detectives about a separate incident, where she had passed out after drinking heavily.

“When she awoke, she found an IV in her arm, and what appeared to be blood being drawn out,” Bruchey noted. “The victim alleged that one of Murphy’s previous girlfriends had told her that Murphy often asked her if he could draw her blood. When the detective asked Murphy about the allegation, he denied hit, but did say that he has drawn people’s blood before for an ‘art project for a friend.’ ”

Murphy was taken to the Polk County Jail.

Michael Freeman is an Orlando journalist, playwright, and author of the book When I Woke Up, You Were All Dead. Contact him at

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