Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Babysitting dad on trial for 1st-degree murder in death of 2-month-old son (Gibsonton, Florida)

"No one" caused this baby's injuries? So how did he get fatal head injuries and broken ribs? From downhill skiing at two months of age?

Yet another case where Mom was working and Daddy was babysitting. And notice that the baby had healing fractures, which means Daddy had apparently abused the baby before. 

Dad is identified as CHARLES ANTHONY SCOBLE. 


Gibsonton man stands trial for the death of his infant son

By John Barry, Times Staff Writer Posted: Oct 30, 2012 02:21 PM

TAMPA — Two-month-old Nicholas Scoble died of a brain injury five years ago. His father had called 911, saying his son had stopped breathing. On Tuesday, a jury was told was the baby's father, Charles Anthony Scoble, 27, must now answer for first-degree murder.

The Gibsonton father is accused of causing Nicholas' death while babysitting him May 13, 2007, as the child's mother worked a night shift.

No one witnessed what happened to Nicholas that night, but the prosecution said an acquaintance of Scoble will testify this week that the father told him the baby, only 76 days old, was "blowing his top" in his crib. The acquaintance, the jury was told, persuaded Scoble to describe in writing how he allegedly shook and struck Nicholas, then threw him into his crib.

After midnight, Scoble called 911, telling a dispatcher he'd found Nicholas in his crib not breathing. The dispatcher instructed Scoble how to give CPR — "two puffs and 30 pumps" — until paramedics arrived. The baby never revived.

A May 14, 2007, autopsy found severe head injuries, as well as healed broken ribs.

Throughout, Scoble, a pizza maker, denied he ever hurt Nicholas. He and his wife, Debbie Drzewiecki, got married as teenagers. They have two other children. He worked days, she worked nights. Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives investigated for a year before they charged Scoble with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

On Tuesday, his defense attorney, Elizabeth Beardsley, told the jury that the baby showed no outward signs of acute bruising or abuse. "Charles Scoble didn't cause the death of his son," she said. "No one did."