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DAD ACCUSED OF BREAKING SON'S LEG

VALRICO

A 24-year-old man was accused of aggravated child abuse Thursday after deputies say he pulled his 3-year-old boy to the ground and fractured the child's thigh bone. This is what the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says happened: Matthew Clark was changing his 1-year-old's diaper at his apartment on N Valrico Road when his 3-year-old came up to him, which aggravated Clark. He grabbed the 3-year-old by the shoulder and pulled the child to the ground. The child hit the ground with his left knee and fell on his side. Clark heard a pop and the child cried. But deputies say the father didn't seek medical treatment or call 911. About half an hour later, he dropped both children off with their mother. She took them to a hospital. Clark was held without bail.

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LAKELAND

Trooper found dead at home

The death of a 30-year-old Florida Highway Patrol trooper is being investigated by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the Ledger reported. Kristopher Tripp, 30, was found dead in his North Lakeland home by his wife shortly after 4 p.m., Thursday, sheriff's reports say. Tripp was hired by the patrol in 2004 and initially based in Hillsborough County. There were no indications of violence, although the cause of his death wasn't immediately known, officials said. An autopsy will be conducted.

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