BROOKSVILLE — A 28-year-old Wesley Chapel man has agreed to spend three decades in prison for the 2017 death of a 2-month-old infant.
Miles Anchondo Sr. was set to go on trial in January on a charge of first-degree murder. Instead, he accepted the plea deal, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
Hernando Circuit Judge Daniel Merritt Jr. on Wednesday adjudicated Anchondo guilty of aggravated manslaughter of a child and aggravated child abuse and handed down a 30-year prison sentence, the Sheriff’s Office said. Anchondo has been held in the Hernando County jail since his 2017 arrest, and the time he spent there will count toward his time in prison.
The name of the infant was not released by the Sheriff’s Office. The agency gave this account of what happened:
Deputies were called to a Spring Hill home on July 19, 2017, to investigate a report of a baby that wasn’t breathing. Anchondo told a 911 operator that he had just taken the infant out of the bathtub. But deputies said the infant was dry, that there were no signs that a bath had taken place. The infant was flown to St. Petersburg’s Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital for emergency medical treatment and pronounced dead on July 21, 2017.
There were discrepancies in the stories Anchondo told about how the infant was hurt, deputies said. He said he hit the baby’s head against a door jamb, that he had pushed a stroller too hard and the baby’s head collided with the stroller rails and that he had dropped the baby onto a tile floor.
Several doctors said the situations Anchondo described couldn’t have caused the extensive injuries they found on the child: skull fractures on both sides of the head, different stages of brain bleeding and rib fractures that were starting to heal.