Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Zephyrhills man accused of battering second baby

ZEPHYRHILLS — Deputies on Monday arrested a man they say violently shook and threw a 7-month-old girl, fracturing her skull.

Records show he has a history of horrific abuse.

Brian Michael Davis, 29, wasn't supposed to be around the infant in the first place, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Court records show he was ordered to pay child support to his wife, Candace Freeman, in June. Deputies say Davis and Freeman lived in the same house. Reports do not specify Davis' relation to the girl.

Davis would later tell deputies the baby woke up and cried in the night. He said he had been sleep-deprived for several days, the sheriff's report states.

About 3 p.m. Monday, the report says, Davis shook the infant girl. He cursed and shouted, the report states, and threw her into a wooden crib.

Later that night, deputies responded to Florida Hospital Zephyrhills where the girl was being treated for a broken leg, broken arm, broken shoulder and a fractured skull.

They arrested Davis at 4124 Transue Drive. He was charged with aggravated child abuse and is being held without bail at Land O'Lakes jail.

Court records indicate Davis has been out of prison just over a year after serving more than seven years in prison for an eerily similar crime.

In 2003, records show, he was living in Pinellas County. He had a daughter with and later married Patricia Metzler, now 34. She signed her name with heart-dotted i's on the marriage license dated Feb. 19, 2003.

Four months later, St. Petersburg police found the 9-month-old girl severely battered and bitten.

Authorities said she had three small bruises on her forehead and bite marks covering her face: under her mouth, on her left cheek, on both of her ears. In the middle of her head was a large bruise.

Davis told St. Petersburg police he was mad that he had to stay with the infant and couldn't go fishing, the 2003 report states. He bit her because she wouldn't stop crying.

"I might have dropped her after that," he said, according to the report.

He pleaded no contest in January 2004 to a charge of aggravated child abuse, along with an unrelated charge of possession of alprazolam, sold under the brand name Xanax.

He served his sentence at a state prison in the Panhandle town of Sneads, and was released in July 2011.

He married his next wife nine months later.

Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Alex Orlando can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 869-6247.

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