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MAN CHARGED IN DEATH OF BABY

CLEARWATER

The man who gave Anthony Ruiz-Portal life violently took it early Saturday after a domestic dispute with the infant's mother, authorities say. According to Clearwater police, Jose Ruiz-Lopez, 25, battered Veronica Portal, 23, inside the couple's apartment and held her against her will. She was able to escape from the S Corona Avenue apartment, but while she was gone, Ruiz-Lopez shook his 5-week-old son and threw him on the tile floor. The couple called 911 at 2:04 a.m. Saturday because the baby was vomiting and unresponsive. He was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he died at 4:10 a.m. An autopsy revealed Anthony, who was born Sept. 17, died from blunt trauma. His father was charged with second-degree murder.

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