Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Dad charged with severely injuring 2-month-old son while baby in dad's custody (Tampa, Florida)

Utterly ridiculous that a 2-month-old infant should have been subjected to visitation. Dad is identified as KENT HAWKINS JOHNSON SR.  How much do you want to bet that Daddy had a previous record of violence that was ignored when these custody arrangements were inflicted on this poor baby.

Father charged with severely injuring infant son

By: WFTS Webteam
Posted: 8:31 PM, Dec 29, 2015 Updated: 11:17 PM, Dec 29, 2015

A 2-month-old child clung to life Tuesday after Hillsborough County deputies say his father left him in critical condition.

Kent Hawkins Johnson Sr., 23, of Tampa has been charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse.

A family member told ABC Action News the child, Kent Johnson Jr., is the suspect's son.

ABC Action News will have more on this story on air at 11 p.m., including the latest update on the child's condition.

Deputies began investigating after the victim arrived at a hospital 4:30 a.m. Monday with severe injuries.

The child’s injuries occurred on two separate days while he was in Johnson’s custody, according to law enforcement. On Dec. 19 the child’s ribs and femur were fractured.

The child’s skull was fractured Sunday.

Johnson told law enforcement he was holding the child on his shoulders and spinning him in circles when he fell, causing the boy to hit tile floor.

He said this is probably when the child’s ribs and leg were fractured.

Law enforcement said Johnson told them he purposely hit the child on the head Sunday while the boy was crying.

Johnson is being held without bond at the Hillsborough County Jail.