Monday, May 7, 2012

"Caretaking" dad charged with homicide in death of 2-month-old son (Orlando, Florida)

Sounds like dad EDDIE LEE DANIELS was asked to do caretaking while Mom was working. But he couldn't manage to do the job for more than five hours without killing the baby.

Father Faces Charges In Baby's DeathBaby Suffers Head Injury, Fractured Femur

POSTED: 4:56 pm EDT May 6, 2012
UPDATED: 6:30 am EDT May 7, 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. -- An Orlando man was arrested Saturday and charged in the death of his 2-month-old son.

Authorities with the Orlando Police Department said Eddie Lee Daniels was booked in the Orange County Jail without bond in connection with the baby's death.

An arrest report stated Daniels was with the child Friday and called 911 when the boy became unresponsive. The baby was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.

An autopsy was completed, and a charging affidavit stated the cause of death was a closed head injury with subdural hematoma, as well as a fractured left femur. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.

The report added the child had, "frontal bulging and retinal hemorrhaging behind the eyes which were both preliminary indicators of possible abuse."

During an interview with detectives, Daniels denied hurting the child, but authorities said he was the only person with the child for the last five hours of his life, and another adult at the home told police the child had no signs of injury when she left in the morning.