Man charged with abusing 2-year-old
Police arrested a St. Petersburg man Wednesday who they say caused a 2-year-old child to be hospitalized with a brain injury. Stephen N. Walker, 29, was charged with child abuse and taken to the Pinellas County Jail. The child underwent emergency brain surgery to remove a large blood clot and to relieve pressure on the brain. The child also had a concussion. Walker admitted to being the only one with the child when the injury happened, police said, and the child's mother agreed. Walker said the child fell while they played chase. But a doctor at the hospital where the child was taken said the medical exam results indicated the injuries did not match Walker's story, authorities said. Walker is not the child's father, but the mother and child live with him. Walker was released on $25,000 bail.