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Tampa toddler's death remains under investigation

TAMPA — Police are still investigating the death of a Tampa toddler who suffered serious head injuries last month.

Candace Mitchell, 24, the mother of 2-year-old Christian Love, remained in jail on $50,000 bail Wednesday, charged with aggravated child abuse, police said, after she failed to take Christian to the hospital for nearly five hours after the injury even though he was unconscious.

The boy died May 31.

Mitchell told police the child was in her boyfriend's care at the time of the injury. That man, Javaurian Saffold, according to an arrest affidavit, has not been charged in connection with the child's death.

In an unrelated case, Saffold, whose real name is Safford, 27, was charged Wednesday with violating his probation in a separate child abuse case involving a different child.


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misstated the charge that Javaurian Safford faces.

Tampa toddler's death remains under investigation 06/06/12 [Last modified: Thursday, June 7, 2012 11:10am]
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