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18-year-old St. Petersburg man accused of abusing 2-year-old

ST. PETERSBURG — More than two months after a surgeon at All Children's Hospital told authorities about suspected child abuse, police accused an 18-year-old man of the crime.

Nakye Jaquon Williams, who was on parole for grand theft, was arrested Wednesday evening on an aggravated child abuse charge. He remained in jail Thursday in lieu of $100,000 bail.

It was not immediately clear when the abuse was committed. But on June 2, a 2-year-old was admitted to All Children's Hospital with injuries that required surgery.

Doctors operating on the toddler discovered a tear in the child's rectum and reported it to child protection investigators, police said.

The two-month investigation that followed ultimately led to Wednesday's arrest.

"In cases like this, there are a lot of factors," police spokesman Mike Puetz said. "You have to be able to establish who had custody and if the injuries were definitively the result of abusive action."

18-year-old St. Petersburg man accused of abusing 2-year-old 08/18/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2011 2:55pm]
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