Friday, December 15, 2017
Public safety

St. Petersburg man accused of giving 4-year-old boy black eyes

ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested a 41-year-old man after a young boy he cares for showed up to preschool with black eyes and a head injury.

William Dodd, of St. Petersburg, is accused of slapping the child, who is 4, so hard that it caused a bruise to form on the boy's brain, according to an arrest affidavit.

The boy, whom Dodd had custody of, told investigators the abuse happened one morning while the family ran late in their morning routine. The boy, rushing to eat his breakfast quickly, became sick and vomited his oatmeal back into the bowl.

Dodd, the child told police, became upset and hit him with an open hand four times. Officials at the boy's preschool noticed the bruises, and other cuts on the child, and alerted authorities.

Dodd faces an aggravated child abuse charge and was booked Tuesday evening into the Pinellas County Jail without bail.

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