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Largo man facing charges in death of infant daughter

Anthony Allen Suffoletto, 28, is facing a charge of first-degree murder after authorities found his infant daughter dead from multiple injuries on Tuesday. [Largo Police Department]
Anthony Allen Suffoletto, 28, is facing a charge of first-degree murder after authorities found his infant daughter dead from multiple injuries on Tuesday. [Largo Police Department]
Published Mar. 7, 2019

LARGO — A Largo man was arrested Wednesday in the death of his infant daughter a day earlier, police said.

Anthony Allen Suffoletto, 28, is facing charges of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse after an autopsy showed that his daughter, Gianna Suffoletto, died Tuesday after suffering multiple injuries. Gianna was seven weeks old.

Officers first came into contact with Gianna Suffoletto about a week ago, Largo police said in a news release. On Feb. 28, Gianna was unconscious and not breathing when assisting officers responded to a call at an apartment complex in the 3100 block of S Pines Drive in Largo.

Authorities took the young girl to Morton Plant Hospital, and then St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa. Medical examiners found that Gianna had sustained significant injuries to her legs, torso and head — evidence of aggravated child abuse, the release said.

Suffoletto inflicted the injuries on his daughter, Largo police said. He "was the only person with her at the time," according to the release. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office's Child Protection Investigation Division will investigate the case.

Jessica Sims, a spokeswoman with the Florida Department of Children and Families, said Gianna's family had no history of child welfare complaints.

Lucas Fleming, Suffoletto's attorney, said his client denies fatally injuring his daughter. Suffoletto contends that Gianna was having trouble breathing for days before authorities took her to the hospital, Fleming said. That's why he and the child's mother called 911 the day police responded to the apartment building.

Fleming said his client intends to fight the charges against him.

"We certainly understand what law enforcement is alleging," the lawyer said. "We respectfully disagree with their conclusions."

Times staff writer Chris O'Donnell contributed to this report. Contact Kirby Wilson at kwilson@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8793. Follow @kirbywtweets.