Susan Schorpen Mug shot

As I pointed out in my previous entry a couple days ago on January 19, 2006 about Susan Schorpen and her drug of choice, she made sure to prove me correct in my assessment of her.

Susan has been arrested for soliciting prostitution
. I know many have been sympathetic of Susan and I am too for the loss of her daughter, but Carlie is the true victim in all of this. She was a victim before Joseph Smith abducted and killed her, she kept an alleged diary of alleged abuse and about her mothers drug use.

I also made mention that Susan looked cleaned up in her photo that was used in that entry. We now see a mugshot of Susan Schorpen that is not that flattering.

The point of this is is that we can not be so forgiving of parents that put their children in danger. A mom who does crack does exactly this. It really bothers me when all I hear is poor Susan.

What about poor Carlie!

Susan did not turn to drugs to cope with the death of her daughter, she did them beforehand. We do not see Sharon Rocha in crack houses or being arrested for soliciting prostitution.

Source St. Petersburg Times

Update from News

TAMPA – It would have been just another sad tale of one woman’s drug use, brawls broken up by police, relatives reporting missing cash, a prostitution arrest. Happens all the time, no big thing. Nobody much to notice or care.

But this woman is Susan Schorpen, better known as Carlie Brucia’s mom.

The 11-year-old’s abduction was captured on a car wash surveillance camera in a scene that played out before horrified parents on televisions around the world. Last month, a Sarasota jury recommended Joseph Smith be put to death for kidnapping, raping and murdering the girl two years ago.

Schorpen was in court that day in December; she said she would be glad to see him dead.

Thursday night, an undercover St. Petersburg police officer noticed a worn-looking woman on Ninth Street. She climbed in his car, exposed herself to him and asked him to do the same to prove he wasn’t a cop, he says. She fondled him, his report says.

A crack pipe in her bra contained enough residue to prompt a charge of possession of cocaine.
From Spiral To Free-Fall

Hilary Sessions has seen it before.

Her daughter, Tiffany, a University of Florida student, disappeared while jogging almost 17 years ago. Sessions works to help parents whose children go missing and sometimes end up dead. Tiffany has not been found.

“Some parents go into a downward spiral that sometimes they can’t get out of,” says Sessions, executive director of Child Protection Education of America, a Tampa nonprofit group. “This is not an uncommon problem.

“I’m sure it was also linked to the fact that it’s coming up on the anniversary of Carlie’s death. There are still anniversaries I have a hard time with.”

Police reports suggest Schorpen’s life was chaotic even before Carlie died. In 1995, when Carlie was 3, her mother was arrested on drug charges, which were dropped after she completed a pretrial intervention program, reports say.

In 1999, Schorpen was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge after a fight with her husband. She pleaded no contest and served probation.

In 2003, Schorpen’s husband told deputies she had been missing more than a day. When found, she acknowledged to deputies that she had a drug problem, according to sheriff’s office reports.

Then came Carlie’s death in 2004.

Schorpen’s gentle slide downward turned into a veritable free-fall.

Six months after her daughter was taken from her, so was her son, this time by the state. The Department of Children & Families doesn’t discuss cases, but relatives told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that Schorpen had failed a drug test after someone called authorities to say she was an unfit mother. Schorpen’s mother was given custody.

Next, Carlie’s stepfather, Steven Kansler, was arrested on a domestic violence charge after getting into an argument with Schorpen, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Its report said Kansler returned home after a night of drinking and Schorpen tried to lock him out. He grabbed her by the throat, leaving a red mark, and pushed her into a stove, reports say.

Deputies repeatedly were called to Schorpen’s home over the past several months. In July, one of her friends was stabbed there. Sheriff’s deputies described the home as a gathering place for drug users.

Witnesses told deputies that Schorpen slept through the stabbing, and reports say she was uncooperative and kept falling asleep as deputies attempted to interview her. She later was evicted from her home.

Her mother died last year.

Then last week, Schorpen’s father and a brother filed a report with the sheriff’s office accusing her of stealing cash, credit cards and a ring worth $5,000 before disappearing.

Her father also told authorities she cashed an $800 check he had written to pay for her stay in a residential drug treatment program.

She remains in a St. Petersburg jail on $5,000 bail for the drug charge and $250 on a charge of conducting a precursor act facilitating prostitution, a city ordinance violation.
Psychologists Talk Of Trauma

Vincent Skotko, a Tampa psychologist, says a traumatic event such as the violent death of a child can have grave consequences for the mental stability of someone who already is struggling.

“A trauma will exacerbate the stress they have, and they can be pulled down by their weaknesses,” he says. “Especially when there’s not a lot of support, they can regress to their weakest state.”

People with substance abuse problems often are extraordinarily vulnerable, he says.

“They often have alienated their family, they may have lost their jobs and those support systems, and they may no longer have church affiliations,” he says. “If you have none of these things and experience a trauma, you’re in trouble.”

Colleen Clark, a clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Louis de la Parte Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida, specializes in the study of women who have suffered trauma. Substance abuse and prostitution in particular are common to those who have had abusive childhoods.

Neither Clark nor Skotko has met with Schorpen, and both speak only about issues that commonly arise after traumatic events.

“One of the most basic things people need is social support and the need to find ways to self-soothe,” Clark says.

Sessions says her group, realizing Schorpen was struggling, reached out to her. They traveled to Sarasota three times to meet with her, but she never showed up.

Her organization recently established a program that provides cash for parents with children who are missing or have died after an abduction.
Jessie’s Dad Is Less Sympathetic

Another parent who lost a child to violence expresses less compassion for Schorpen.

Mark Lunsford’s daughter, Jessica, disappeared from his Homosassa home in February and was found buried behind a neighbor’s trailer. He immediately channeled his anger into lobbying for tougher child protection laws and establishing a foundation to help other missing children.

“She could have done the same thing I did,” he says. “It seems to me she put her own interests first. When something like this happens, people from everywhere line up to help you. She could have had all the help she wanted.”

Louise submitted this report that contradicts the news report above of who signed the check. The first report says that Sue signed the check, the report Louise submitted shows that Kurt signed the check.

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Sheriff’s office looking for Carlie Brucia’s mother

The mother of a Sarasota girl whose abduction was captured on a car wash surveillance camera is being sought by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office after family members filed a report Monday accusing her of stealing money and jewelry.

The brother of Susan Schorpen, Carlie Brucia’s mother, filed a report with the sheriff’s office alleging that Schorpen cashed a check for $800, and took a wallet with $300 cash, a ring valued at $5,000 and a gas credit card from her father’s Deep Creek home.

The brother, Paul Schorpen, filed the report on behalf of his father, Egil Schorpen, who is in the first stages of Alzheimer’s disease, according to the report.

No charges have been filed, according to CCSO spokesman Bob Carpenter.

“Right now, it’s just an investigation,” he said Wednesday. “First thing we have to do is find Schorpen to talk to her.”

Egil refused to comment Wednesday.

“Stop bothering me with this (stuff),” he said before hanging up the phone.

Paul reportedly told the deputy that both his sister and his brother, Kurt Schorpen, have a drug problem and are homeless. He said they are probably still living in Sarasota County somewhere. The alleged stolen check was signed by Kurt, the report states.

The check was supposed to pay for her stay in a residential drug treatment program. The check was left blank since Paul and Egil did not know the name of the program. Susan was supposed to check into the program on Jan. 4.

Susan’s drug problem became known after the highly publicized abduction and slaying of Carlie by mechanic Joseph Smith in February 2004. Carlie, 11, was grabbed as she was walking home from a friend’s house. The abduction was caught on a surveillance camera.

Smith was convicted in November of kidnapping, raping and killing Carlie. The jury recommended the death sentence. He will be sentenced Feb. 13.