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.