Boyfriend accused of leaving toddler with brain damage in Tampa

TAMPA — A 25-year-old man is accused of injuring his girlfriend's young daughter when she was in his care by violently shaking her.

Police found Marcus Renard Allen, 25, at a Clearwater motel and arrested him Thursday afternoon on a warrant for aggravated child abuse and possession of marijuana, according to police and Hillsborough County jail records.

Allen lived in Tampa with his girlfriend, their newborn and her little girl, now 19 months old. When his girlfriend left for work at night, Allen stayed home with the children, police said.

Allen was watching the children Nov. 28 when he called his girlfriend and said her daughter was not responsive. She told him to call an ambulance, and the toddler was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital.

The girl was left with cerebral brain hematoma, retinal eye hemmoraghing, a cut on her upper lip, a scratch over her eye and cuts on her tongue and nose. Those injuries suggest she was violently shaken, police said.

She will suffer from the injuries for the rest of her life, police said.

Allen was being held in jail on bail of $51,013.

Boyfriend accused of leaving toddler with brain damage in Tampa 03/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 25, 2011 1:41pm]

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