A man of Haines City man got 10 years in prison after pleading no contest to allegations about injuring a baby. He injured his ex-girlfriend’s five-month-old daughter, the injuries left her blind and with permanent brain damage.
Twenty-three-year-old Brian Santana Morales was charged to aggravated child abuse with great bodily injury.
Chief Assistant State Attorney Jacob Orr informed that the state offered the plea deal after Circuit Judge Kevin Abdoney did not accept farther evidence from an older case of abuse of the same child. Santana Morales did not make any statements during his brief hearing; he was only responding to the judge’s questions.
The twenty-three-year-old was arrested on July 6, 2018, only two months after he and the baby’s mother took the child to Winter Haven Hospital. They informed the doctors that the girl was unresponsive and had difficulties breathing. Further examination showed bruises on her back and stomach. The doctors diagnosed the baby with a brain bleed.
Such injuries in an infant are caused by blunt trauma to the head or if the child was constantly shaken.
The infant was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa. Doctors did an emergency surgery; they did not have hopes that the baby will survive the brain injury. Several injuries were done to recover the injuries, including the one for the baby’s loss of vision.
Santana Morales told investigators that he had been holding the baby in the kitchen while preparing food for her. He stated that he lost control and dropped the child on the tile floor; the child landed on her head. Morales lifted the child immediately, but she seemed unconscious. He then continued to shake the child in order to regain her conscious.
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