PINELLAS PARK — A 25-year-old father was arrested Thursday after Pinellas sheriff's deputies said he intentionally squeezed and fractured the ribs of his 1-month-old daughter.
Daniel Nixon faces a charge of aggravated child abuse with great bodily harm. The infant was not identified by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
The investigation started on Tuesday when deputies said Dixon and the child's mother brought the baby to Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg because of digestive issues and a bruised leg.
Doctors found more than 20 rib fractures and bruising, deputies said. When detectives spoke to Dixon they said they found "inconsistencies" in his statements. He was interviewed again Thursday at the Sheriff's Office headquarters on Ulmerton Road, and deputies said he admitted to squeezing the infant at leave twice as far back as June 19.
Dixon, the Sheriff's Office said, used "significant force, because the infant was crying and he was frustrated." He was then arrested, but his jail booking information was not made available. The injured infant is now in the custody of family. Her medical condition was not disclosed.