Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa man arrested for causing brain injuries in 4-month-old

TAMPA — A Tampa man was arrested Thursday after he admitted to shaking an infant until she had internal bleeding.

Joshua Paul Johnson, 26, was charged with child abuse after causing internal bleeding in the 4-month-old's girl's head, according to an arrest affidavit.

Johnson told officials that over the course of a week, he'd picked up the baby and forcefully pulled her to his chest, thumping her head against his collarbone.

He also told officials he hadn't been any gentler when putting the child into a swing or a crib, never supporting her head. He said the infant's head bounced against the mattress.

She was taken to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. She is in stable condition but has extensive brain injuries.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Johnson and took him to Hillsborough County jail, where he remained Friday in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Tampa man arrested for causing brain injuries in 4-month-old 01/18/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 18, 2013 5:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Lightning takes defenseman Cal Foote with top pick in draft

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — Former Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote said his son Cal lived in the locker room.

    Cal Foote, second from left, is welcomed to the Lightning by GM Steve Yzerman, far left.
  2. It's Rays' turn to pound Orioles pitching (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG - Ah, the fantastic four.

    The Rays smashed the reeling Orioles 15-5 on Friday, scoring a season-high in runs, to climb four games above .500 for the first time since July 1, 2015.

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria scores on a triple by Logan Morrison during the first inning against the Orioles.
  3. Lightning picks defenseman Cal Foote


    Cal Foote is the son of former Avs defenseman Adam Foote.
  4. Kids today: They don't work summer jobs the way they used to


    WASHINGTON — It was at Oregon's Timberline Lodge, later known as a setting in the horror movie The Shining, where Patrick Doyle earned his first real paycheck.

    Teens Ben Testa, from left, Hannah Waring and Abby McDonough, and Wegmeyer Farms owner Tyler Wegmeyer walk the strawberry rows at the Hamilton, Va., farm in late May.
  5. Jeb Bush back in the hunt for the Marlins, now opposing Derek Jeter


    Associated Press:

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has switched sides in pursuit of the Miami Marlins, and he’s trying to beat out former teammate Derek Jeter.