NEW PORT RICHEY — A 20-year-old man is accused of beating and molesting a 2-year-old boy, who is recovering at All Children's Hospital.
Dustin Henry Roberts, of 5739 Liddell Drive, was arrested Monday on charges of capital sexual battery and child abuse.
Authorities said the crimes happened between April 12 and Sunday, when Roberts was taking care of the toddler at a New Port Richey home. The boy suffered bruises on his forehead, cheeks, chin, abdomen, buttocks, legs and genitals, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The report said the boy also might have internal injuries.
Roberts "admitted to spanking the victim on the buttocks and back of his legs" and "punching the victim's penis," the report said. He is also accused of molesting the boy.
Because of the nature of the allegations, authorities would not identify the boy or describe his connection to Roberts.
Roberts remained at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $105,000 bail Tuesday.