WINTER HAVEN — A man is facing aggravated child abuse and manslaughter charges for allegedly killing his 5-week-old son last month, police said.
Danny Colt Britt, who turns 29 on Saturday, is accused of killing his infant son Mason Britt on May 18 in Winter Haven. Police responded to 9571 Williamsburg Drive SE at 3:57 a.m. after Britt called 911 to report that the child was not breathing.
The baby had been crying, so Britt allegedly grabbed his son from his crib and brought him into the parents' bedroom. The boy's mother, Nina Mirsalim, was in another part of the apartment but went into the bedroom when she heard the baby cry, Winter Haven police said.
Britt prepared to change the boy's diaper, but he discovered that his son was lifeless, police said. He then called authorities and attempted to perform CPR.
Emergency responders took the baby to Winter Haven Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A subsequent autopsy revealed an injury above the infant's left ear, apparently caused by a significant blow or blows to the head. Police launched an investigation and interviewed both Britt and Mirsalim.
When told about the head injury, Britt allegedly said he could have knocked the baby's head against a dresser when he took him to the bed. Police said he changed his story an hour later, saying he had tripped over a pair of jeans when he carried his son, and the baby's head might have hit the footboard of the bed.
A doctor from the medical examiner's office said neither of Britt's accounts were plausible, according to police.
Officers arrested Britt early Friday morning at his home. He is at the Polk County Jail awaiting a Saturday morning hearing.