Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Public safety

Pinellas Park man accused of breaking baby's legs

Pinellas authorities have arrested a Pinellas Park man they said broke a baby's legs earlier this month because he was upset she was crying.

Derek Lee Adams, 24, was booked into jail Wednesday on a charge of aggravated child abuse.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Adams was taking care of the child, who is 6 months old, on Aug. 15. He became frustrated when she started to cry and fuss, deputies said. At one point, while changing the baby's diaper, he squeezed her legs.

"He applied excessive pressure and pushed down on the victim's legs causing fractures below both knees," the sheriff's office said in a press release.

The baby's injuries were discovered the same day, officials said, after her mother took her to the hospital. She had been concerned that her daughter was so fussy.

Adams does not have any previous arrests in the state, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Adams remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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