NEW PORT RICHEY
Police: Man choked woman and bit baby
Matthew R. Barbosa bit a 5-month-old baby on the cheek, authorities said. On Sunday, Barbosa argued with a woman because the baby was crying, according to a New Port Richey police report.
Police said the attack happened as follows: Barbosa, 21, attempted to strangle the woman, pushed her backward and threatened her with a knife at a house in New Port Richey. Then Barbosa picked up the baby and bit it on the cheek, leaving a bruise. The woman also had bruises on her neck.
Barbosa was arrested last year on charges of aggravated battery on a pregnant female and aggravated assault. Court records state the charges were dropped.
Barbosa, of 4931 Cherry Court in New Port Richey, was arrested Sunday and charged with child abuse, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and domestic battery. He is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.