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Tampa police: Mom doesn't seek care for unconscious toddler for hours

TAMPA — A Tampa woman faces a charge of aggravated child abuse after, police say, she did not seek medical care for her unconscious toddler for five hours.

Candace Mitchell, 24, of Tampa left her 2-year-old son with her boyfriend for 20 minutes about 5:30 p.m. Friday, according to an arrest affidavit. Upon returning to her home at 5502 N 43rd St., Mitchell found the child unconscious, the report shows.

Her boyfriend told her that the boy fell, the report said. But Mitchell did not seek medical aid for hours, although the child hadn't regained consciousness. He was in critical condition as of late Monday.

Mitchell eventually carried the toddler to Tampa General Hospital, where she was questioned about the nature of the boy's injuries. She told doctors that the child had fallen, the report said.

Suspicious of the assertion, a doctor called police. After questioning Mitchell, police discovered that she had delayed reporting the injuries because of an active child abuse investigation, the report said.

Police arrested Mitchell on a charge of aggravated child abuse, which carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. She was being held Monday without bail in the Hillsborough County Jail.

Michael Finch II can be reached at (813) 226-3401 or at

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