Monday, May 28, 2018
Public safety

Riverview man accused of throwing baby, causing brain injury

RIVERVIEW — A Riverview man threw his 4-month-old daughter onto a bed Wednesday afternoon because she would not stop crying, leaving the infant with two black eyes and bleeding on her brain, according to sheriff's deputies.

Mitchell Allen Stevens, 23, is now facing an aggravated child abuse charge over the allegation, something he admitted to deputies that he should not have done, according to an arrest report.

The incident happened about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies said. Stevens threw the infant a distance of 3 to 6 feet onto his bed in the presence of his grandmother, the report stated. The baby's injuries were likely to have long-term effects on her health, deputies said.

Stevens was arrested at 8 p.m. Thursday. During questioning, he admitted throwing the child about 3 feet, which he said was "further than I should have," the arrest report stated.

He later made a suicidal statement to police, saying, "I just want to kill myself because I made a mistake like that," the report stated.

The infant was at a local hospital Friday in stable condition, sheriff's officials said. Another child who lives in Stevens' home was taken into protective custody, officials said.

Stevens was booked in the Hillsborough County jail and held without bail.

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