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Tarpon Springs man arrested on aggravated child abuse charge

Pinellas sheriff's deputies arrested a Tarpon Springs man Wednesday on an aggravated child abuse charge, saying he broke the leg of a 14-month-old girl while changing her diaper.

Joshua Clifford Spencer, 22, was arrested at 3:30 p.m. He was being held without bail Wednesday at the Pinellas County Jail.

A woman related to the child called authorities saying Spencer broke the baby's leg after she and Spencer had an argument over finances, investigators said.

The woman, whose name is not being released, said she left the child in Spencer's care Monday. When she returned he told her "something was wrong with the baby's leg," according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

They took the baby to the hospital, where doctors said the child's leg was broken in two places.

Deputies interviewed Spencer on Wednesday, and he initially said he had fallen while holding the baby and that her leg became caught underneath him, deputies said.

Detectives said Spencer later admitted to "handling the child in a rough manner."

He was previously arrested Monday night on a domestic battery charge and had been released on $1,000 bail.

Tarpon Springs man arrested on aggravated child abuse charge 02/12/14 [Last modified: Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:11am]
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