Winter Haven man arrested for throwing crying baby

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Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014 2:45 pm

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Detectives have arrested a Winter Haven man after he  severely injured a baby he was watching by throwing it in a fit of rage.

24-year-old Christopher Finlayson has been charged with Aggravated Child Abuse.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Finlayson was watching the 11-month-old child on Thursday evening while the mother went to the store.  When she returned she found the child unresponsive.

Finlayson told her the baby had hit its head on a play pen.  The mother transported her baby to Winter Haven Hospital which in turn contacted the PCSO.

Finlayson later admitted to detectives he had smoked a “blunt and a half” of marijuana on Wednesday and had been up the night before, and that he “lost it,” and in a moment of rage and frustration threw the baby across the room when he could not stop the baby’s cries.

Finlayson told detectives he told the baby, “I’ll give you something to cry about,” before throwing the baby into the air toward the end of a bed causing the baby to hit face first on the floor.   The baby suffered a skull fracture, two broken wrists and five fractured ribs.

“This is just another example of marijuana abuse linked to child abuse,” says Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

The baby was transported to St Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa for continued medical treatment, and is listed in stable condition. 

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