Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Riverview man accused of throwing baby, causing brain injury

Mitchell Allen Stevens of Riverview is charged with child abuse.

Mitchell Allen Stevens of Riverview is charged with child abuse.

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.

Riverview man accused of throwing baby, causing brain injury 09/13/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 13, 2013 11:47pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Jim McElwain: Florida Gators have received death threats after 3-3 start


    GAINESVILLE - The Florida Gators' 3-3 start is causing some fans to become irrational - even by college football standards.

    UF coach Jim McElwain said there have been death threats made against people related to his program.
  2. Megyn Kelly hits back at O'Reilly's claim no one complained


    Bill O'Reilly, forced out at Fox News over allegations of sexual harassment, has said no one ever filed a complaint about his behavior with human resources or the legal department in the 20 years he was at the network.

    Bill O'Reilly at the Newseum in Washington D.C., on October 6, 2016.
  3. Myeshia Johnson, the wife of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, looks down at his casket during his burial at Fred Hunter's Hollywood Memorial Gardens in Hollywood, Fla., on Saturday. [Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS]
  4. Jobsite goes all out, gets results with annual musical, 'The Threepenny Opera'


    TAMPA — As the house lights dimmed for the second act, burglars and pickpockets, prostitutes and scam artists weaved between the little tables of the Jaeb Theater, warning customers they'd best wind down their talking and silence their phones. This was done with a wink but the point was made. This is elitism …

    Miscreants in Jobsite Theater's The Threepenny Opera, which runs through Nov. 12, include (from left) Amy E. Gray, Jonathan Harrison, Giselle Muise, Chris Jackson, Fo'i Meleah, and Derrick Phillips. Courtesy of Jobsite Theater.
  5. AHN alum, still shining on stage, returns with 'On Your Feet!'

    Human Interest


    Times Correspondent


    Back when Alma Cuervo was a high-school performer at the Academy of the Holy Names — when AHN students were taken by their talented, charismatic, big-hearted classmate — everyone just knew she was headed for much bigger things in …

    Alma Cuervo as Consuelo (Gloria Estefan’s grand-mother) during On Your Feet in New York, 2015.