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VICTIM FALLS ON TOP OF BABY DURING ASSAULT

Tampa

A Tampa man was arrested Monday morning after he punched his live-in girlfriend, causing her to fall on top of their 2-month-old baby, police said. Curtis Eugene Thomas, 33, faces charges of domestic abuse battery and child abuse. He was being held at the Hillsborough County Jail without bail. Thomas punched his girlfriend twice in the right eye and left temple around 7:30 a.m., police said. One of the punches caused her to hit the ground and fall on top of their child, according to police. The baby was not injured. Thomas later grabbed the baby as the girlfriend ran out of the room in fear, according to police.

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Tampa

Missing woman is found downtown

An 85-year-old nursing home resident who disappeared this weekend was found downtown Sunday night by police. Elena Catli-Montanez was in good condition. She was last seen at 7 p.m. Saturday walking away from the Shady Oaks Retirement Home, at 2208 E 138th Ave. Hillsborough sheriff's deputies say Montanez had been homeless and was placed in the retirement home. There, she told her roommate she was leaving to go get her clothes.

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Zephyrhills

Victim identified in fatal car crash

Authorities on Monday identified the victim of a fatal car accident early Saturday as 15-year-old Holly Robbins of Clearwater. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Robbins was a front-seat passenger in a 2002 Chevrolet driven by Leah Nicole Slagle, 18, of Dade City. About 2:50 a.m., Slagle was eastbound on Wire Road when she drove onto the shoulder near U.S. 301. When Slagle tried to steer back onto the road, she overcorrected and drove into a ditch before hitting a tree, according to a preliminary crash report. Robbins, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Slagle, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa in critical condition. A hospital spokesman said there was no information available on Slagle's condition.

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