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Infant's injuries lead Pinellas Park police to arrest couple

PINELLAS PARK — A couple were arrested Tuesday on charges of child neglect, accused by police of failing to get a badly injured baby girl the medical care she needed.

But who abused the 1-month-old in the first place? Pinellas Park detectives are still trying to figure that out.

"They're not able to prove at this point who caused the injuries to the child," said Sgt. Brian Unmisig. "What they could prove was that they failed to render aid to the child for three days."

Facing one count each of felony child neglect are: Robert Alexander Truby, 35, who was being held Wednesday in the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail; and Roseann Cassandra Glover, 23, who was being held in lieu of $2,000 bail.

The infant and her relationship to the couple were not identified in police reports. The couple were the baby's caregivers when she was taken to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg on April 2.

There it was learned that the infant suffered multiple rib fractures, two broken ankles, a left femur broken at the knee and a fractured right tibia, police said. In fact, the infant's cracked ribs were in "different stages of healing," police reports stated.

That, and the other injuries suffered by a 1-month-old "are highly indicative of child abuse," according to police.

Glover told police the baby was injured after accidentally falling to the ground. She also said that she knew the infant's ribs felt "funny" but still waited a few days to take her to a hospital.

Truby told police he slept in the same bed as the infant even though he suffers from frequent seizures for which he does not take medication, according to his arrest report.

Neither suspect could explain the infant's injuries, police said. The baby is in the care of a relative and is doing better, they said.

Truby is a felon whose criminal record dates back to 1994, according to records. He was released from prison in 2008 after serving a six-year sentence for robbery with a weapon.

He also faces recent charges of domestic battery and petty theft from a May 3 arrest. According to Largo police reports, Truby punched Glover and stole $60 from her purse.

Infant's injuries lead Pinellas Park police to arrest couple 05/19/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 11:37pm]
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