Emergency workers responding to a 911 call early Saturday rushed a 4-month-old infant to St. Joseph's Hospital, where the child was pronounced dead, Tampa police said. The child's mother, Tracy Smith of 4215 N 15th St., made the call at 5 a.m. and told the emergency operator the child had stopped breathing, according to a police report. The cause of the baby's death will be determined by a medical examiner's investigation, police said.
Second abandoned baby found
"Baby Friday," the abandoned newborn infant found Friday on a front lawn in southeastern Hillsborough County now has a brother _ of sorts. "Baby Doe," the second newborn abandoned in as many days on Florida's west central coast was found at 7:30 a.m. by a maintenance worker at the Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring. Willie Kerney discovered the infant, umbilical cord still attached, lying peacefully on a couch in the hospital's lobby, according to a hospital spokesperson. The infant was taken to the nursery at the Walker Memorial Medical Center in Avon Park. He was listed in good condition Saturday night.
School worker faces charges
CLEARWATER _ A Pinellas County Schools employee was arrested and charged with trafficking in crack cocaine Friday night by Clearwater police. According to a report, police stopped Eric James Davis, 24, of 2738 Roosevelt Blvd., Apt. 402, Clearwater, at the intersection of LaSalle and Greenwood because he was playing his car stereo too loud. During a search of the station wagon Davis was driving, police found 95 rocks, or 30.3 grams, of crack cocaine in a cassette box in the rear passenger compartment of the car. He was being held late Saturday in the Pinellas County Jail on $50,050 bail.
Police seek shooting suspects
ST. PETERSBURG _ Police continue to search for suspects in the death of a St. Petersburg man who was shot late Friday. Isaac Montez Lee, 23, was found next to his car in a parking lot at 1940 22nd Ave. S about 11:40 p.m., said police spokesman Bill Doniel. Lee, of 4644 14th Ave. S, had been shot in the chest. As investigators examined the area, an evidence technician getting equipment from a police van was struck by a car. The technician, David Kidd, received minor injuries, Doniel said. The car's driver did not stop until police caught him about five blocks away. Police charged the car's driver with driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Patrick Henry Joyce, 22, was released without bail later Saturday from the Pinellas County Jail.
Police investigate skinned fox
ST. PETERSBURG _ A dead fox was tied between two trees Saturday in far northern St. Petersburg, leaving Pinellas County sheriff's deputies to investigate a case of animal cruelty. The fox had been skinned, said sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha. Pasha said the fox's pelt and tail were missing, but two Latex gloves were found nearby. It had been there at least 24 hours, she said.