Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Palm Harbor man accused in shaken baby case

PALM HARBOR — A 38-year-old man was arrested Thursday on charges that he shook and seriously injured the 6-week-old baby girl he was supposed to be caring for, Pinellas deputies said.

The infant suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to All Children's Hospital.

Robbie Lee Hatcher was arrested on a charge of aggravated child abuse and taken to the Pinellas County jail.

The incident took place Monday. Hatcher called 911 for help from his apartment at 2346 Bent Tree Road about 3 p.m.

Hatcher said he was feeding the baby when she began to vomit. He started shaking her, he told deputies, because he thought she was choking. But then she became "unresponsive," he said.

The victim was not identified by deputies.

Then detectives from the Crimes Against Children Unit started an investigation. Hatcher's explanation for her injuries "was not plausible based on the medical evidence," they said.

Detectives determined that "the baby was severely shaken by the suspect," sheriff's reports state, "to the point where she sustained the serious injury."

No update of the victim's condition was available late Thursday. Hatcher was being held without bail.

Palm Harbor man accused in shaken baby case 12/16/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 16, 2010 11:50pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Southeast Seminole Heights holds candlelight vigil for victims' families and each other


    TAMPA — They came together in solidarity in Southeast Seminole Heights, to sustain three families in their grief and to confront fear, at a candlelight vigil held Sunday night in the central Tampa neighborhood.

  2. It's not just Puerto Rico: FEMA bogs down in Florida, Texas too

    HOUSTON — Outside Rachel Roberts' house, a skeleton sits on a chair next to the driveway, a skeleton child on its lap, an empty cup in its hand and a sign at its feet that reads "Waiting on FEMA."

    Ernestino Leon sits among the debris removed from his family’s flood-damaged Bonita Springs home on Oct. 11. He has waited five weeks for FEMA to provide $10,000 to repair the home.
  3. McConnell says he's awaiting Trump guidance on health care

    STERLING, Va. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he's willing to bring bipartisan health care legislation to the floor if President Donald Trump makes clear he supports it.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s “not certain yet” on what Trump wants.
  4. Tampa's Lance McCullers shows killer instinct in pitching Astros to World Series


    HOUSTON — It felt like the beginning on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, the arrival of a new force on the World Series stage. The Astros are back, for the first time in a dozen years, and they want to stay a while.

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers (43) throwing in the fifth inning of the game between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, July 12, 2015.
  5. Jones: Where are the difference-makers on the Bucs defense?


    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — They can't tackle. They can't cover. They can't pressure the quarterback, let alone sack him.

    Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) scrambles past Bucs defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (98) during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]