Florida mother blamed homeless man for giving grandchildren lice

By Chris Harris
Updated September 29, 2015 04:55 PM
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Credit: Courtesy of New Smyrna Beach Police

Police in Florida have arrested a mother who they claim paid her ex-son-in-law to murder her daughter’s boyfriend.

Pamela Vanorsdale, 50, faces a charge for solicitation to commit murder her October 8 arraignment, according to court records obtained by PEOPLE. She has yet to retain a defense attorney, court records show.

The arrest occurred in New Smyrna Beach, a coastal town 15 miles south of Daytona Beach, Florida, Lt. Shane Riggle tells PEOPLE.

“She has two daughters who both make visits to this homeless camp in the woods,” explains Riggle. “One of the daughters happens to be dating this man living there…. The second daughter just visits, but they both bring their kids with them.”

Investigators believe the boyfriend was nice to his girlfriend’s children, but acted inappropriately towards his girlfriend’s sister’s kids, Riggle says.

“He made comments to the kids that were of a sexual nature, but he in no way propositioned them for sex,” Riggle explains. “He used derogatory sexual terms around them… things no one should be saying around children.”

This behavior fueled Vanorsdale’s mounting hatred for her daughter’s boyfriend, authorities allege. Riggle also says that the children would return from the homeless camp with lice on them.

“She did mention that as being a factor behind what she did next,” Riggle says to PEOPLE. “She calls her former son-in-law, saying she can get him a handgun and that she wants him to ‘take [the boyfriend] out.’ She was clear about what she wanted to happen.”

The ex-son-in-law claims he was told to shoot the boyfriend in the head and chest, and then to dump his body in South Carolina.

Instead, he phoned police to inform them of Vanorsdale’s alleged scheme.

Riffle says officers were assigned to Vanorsdale’s residence, and waited for her to exit her home. Eventually, she did, and cops moved in to stop her car and handcuff her. Later, a search of her home turned up the gun she allegedly wanted used in the slaying.

Court records show Vanorsdale has been released on $25,000 bond.

PEOPLE was unable to reach Vanorsdale Monday afternoon.

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