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Tampa man arrested in 2-year-old's death

TAMPA — Detectives arrested a man this week in connection with the death of a 2-year-old boy last year, police said Friday.

On May 25, 2012, Javaurian Saffold was alone with his girlfriend's son in their apartment at 5502 N 43rd St. When his girlfriend returned, the toddler was "lifeless and breathing shallow," Tampa police said.

Saffold told his girlfriend the boy fell and struck his head on the tile floor.

The toddler, Christian Love, sustained severe brain trauma. He was taken off life support at Tampa General Hospital a few days later.

The Medical Examiner's Office later determined the injury was not consistent with a fall, police said.

Police arrested Christian's mother, Candace Mitchell, on a charge of aggravated child abuse on May 28, 2012, saying she waited nearly five hours before taking her son to the hospital.

Detectives arrested Saffold on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse Tuesday in Pensacola. He had been serving probation for aggravated child abuse against an infant in 2008, police said.

Saffold was being held without bail at the Escambia County jail while awaiting extradition to Hillsborough County.

Tampa man arrested in 2-year-old's death 05/24/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 24, 2013 3:48pm]
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