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Baby dropped at Chasco Fiesta; father charged with neglect

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 2-month-old girl who was dropped by her father Saturday at the Chasco Fiesta parade was released from the hospital and is doing fine.

The baby was with her parents about 4 p.m. after the Chasco parade in downtown New Port Richey, according to a New Port Richey police report. The girl's mother handed her to her father, Daniel Knapp, 33, of Holiday. He later told police he was talking with friends when he tripped and dropped the child. The mother was not present when the baby fell.

An onlooker told police the baby fell about 5 feet and hit her head on the concrete. She suffered a contusion and swelling to the back of her head. She was taken to Morton Plan North Bay Hospital for treatment and was released that afternoon.

Police said Knapp admitted to drinking five or six Bud Lights during the parade and was so drunk that he could not remember the correct spelling of the baby's name or her date of birth.

Officers arrested Knapp on one charge of child neglect. He was booked into the Pasco County jail and released Sunday on $5,000 bail.

Baby dropped at Chasco Fiesta; father charged with neglect 03/28/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 28, 2011 3:20pm]
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