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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]

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