Palm Beach County couple charged in child neglect case has bond surrendered

Father says court has no jurisdiction over him
Posted at 6:37 AM, Mar 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-13 20:02:31-04

A couple facing child neglect charges is going back to jail.  A bond company surrendered the bonds for Donell Barron and Rikki Hart on Monday morning.

The bondsman told deputies in the courthouse hallway that he thought the husband and wife were going to leave before seeing a judge, so they were placed under arrest and brought back to jail.


Hart and Barron had a hearing to ask a judge to let them defend themselves in their criminal cases.

Barron filed paperwork last month claiming he and Hart are members of the Yamassee Indian Nation and follow the Yenyi Constitution. He argued Florida’s courts do not have jurisdiction over them.

Barron made similar statements as deputies led the couple away from the courtroom.

“You are arresting an indigenous man, I’m alive and I’m not a corporation. I am not Donell Barron, I am not Donell Barron,” he said.

Court records show Barron may go by the name Rahmaat-Shu and Hart by Bennu-Renenutet. Both defendants had a single feather in their hats in court Monday.

A defense attorney entered a not guilty plea for Hart on five amended child neglect charges. Barron also faces five child neglect charges, but had previously pleaded not guilty.

Both defendants are scheduled to return to court Wednesday to ask a judge to let them defend themselves.

Deputies first arrested Barron and Hart in December. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said the couple and their five children were living in a car parked outside a Greenacres Walmart. The children, ages 4 to 14, were malnourished and underweight, according to deputies.

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