Good day, I need some direction please. I'll try to make it brief so please feel free to ask questions. Background: We live in Florida. I have a 2 year old girl with an ex-girlfriend of 13 years. We currently have a custody battle. The mother has a long history of violence and substance abuse. LAst year she was arrested of Domestic Violence against me while I was holding the baby. We had many arguments about her dealers coming to the house to sell drugs and doing them in front of the child, needless to mention, her circle of friends is less than desirable, and a great concern to me. I contacted Children protective Services to ask for guidance and they ended up opening a case. We have been separated ever since. Present: Matters have taken a deep dive recently and I am looking for advice. This particular concern began last week, when I called my daughter to wish her a good night (as a religiously do every night). A drunk man took the phone from her and started threatening me, telling me to go there so he would "cut me in 20 places", etc.. Concerned, not necessarily for me at that time, but for an angry drunk person next to my daughter. A few hours later I received a text from my ex, stating that the Police were looking for me. Initially I thought it was just another "game", but after 5-10 minutes or so, i decided to contact the sheriff and tell them about the text I received. A sheriff came to my house and explained that they reported looking through my ex's windows. I explained what happened earlier and that I had been home the entire time. I even showed him that the car engine was cool, therefore I hadn't used it in a while. He explained that they seemed drunk and that the department had a long history with him...and the sheriff went on his way. The following afternoon (Sunday) i went to see my daughter. When the door opened I saw a man in underwear move to another room. I decided it would be best to just play with my daughter outside. 5 minutes later, Law Enforcement showed up and asked me to leave. That evening, I got a Facebook invite from the man. (This is the first time I learned his name and have never met him before). Of course, I did not accept. He then sent me a picture on him and my ex in bed. Still refused to react. He then sent 2 messages stating that "he couldn't wait to see me again", etc... Still refused to react. Since then, many strange and scary things have occurred, including several restricted calls, seeing him drive near my job, and just last night, someone stealing my bike from my porch.I have reported every incident to the Sheriff's department. My understanding is that they have tried to find him to warn him, but have not been able to reach him. He wont return their calls either. They informed me that this man has a long history of Domestic Abuse (last being less than 6 months ago), resisting arrest, battery, DUI and other intoxication charges. Obviously, I am now extremely afraid not only for myself, but for my daughter being around this "whaco". So, finally, here are my questions: 1) What can I do to protect myself and my belongings? 2)What can I do to protect my daughter from being around him? 3)Since we are in a custody battle, someone suggested making a motion asking for a Guardian ad Litem or a court appointed person that may be able to investigate and intervene in situations like this. 4)Any other suggestions are HIGHLY welcome!!
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