Saturday, 16 October 2010

SBS: Florida accusation

SEBRING -- William Clay Hunter, 31, was arrested by the Sebring Police Department Tuesday afternoon on a felony charge of aggravated child abuse.
Police say Hunter was home alone caring for a three-month-old and an 18-month-old on Aug. 11. The heavily redacted arrest report didn't give a gender for either child.
The infant was found unresponsive and not breathing. Transported to an undisclosed hospital, it was determined the baby suffered from abusive head trauma, also known as shaken baby syndrome.
According to the report, in his initial statement Hunter denied any physical abuse toward the three-month-old, or any other children in the house.
Authorities, however, believe probable cause existed.
The report, written by the arresting officer Sgt. Curtis Hart, states Hunter should be charged in that (he) "willfully committed child abuse upon the victim ... by intentionally throwing (the infant) onto a bed with enough force to cause great bodily harm to the victim in which the victim became unresponsive and stopped breathing. In so doing the victim will have long term mental problems as diagnosed by the Child Protection Team Physician."
Hunter is currently in the Highlands County jail, held on a $100,000 bond

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