BRANDON — Ten days after a 5-week-old infant arrived at Brandon Hospital with "a multitude" of life-threatening injuries, his mother's boyfriend has been arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect.
Matthew Dale Samanie, 24, of Brandon is accused of badly injuring his girlfriend's baby boy, causing dozens of fractures in his ribs and bleeding on his brain, authorities said.
The baby, whose name the Hillsborough Sheriff's office has not released, arrived at the hospital on Jan. 31 and was later transferred to All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg. Doctors there found fresh subdural hematomas on his brain, consistent with "abusive head trauma," according to an arrest report. They also identified 26 fractures to the boy's ribs in various states of healing, including at least one that had been inflicted within the last two weeks.
The baby's injuries were "consistent with ongoing physical abuse," the report stated.
Two days later, Hillsborough sheriff's detectives interviewed Samanie, whose girlfriend, Magan White, is the baby's mother, authorities said. Samanie gave multiple accounts of how the injuries happened, but admitted that the boy was hurt while in his care between 10:30 and 10:50 a.m. Jan. 30, an arrest report noted. He later claimed that he had been carrying the baby when he tripped and fell on him. He knew the baby was hurt, but told White not to take the baby to the hospital because he said he was afraid of getting in trouble, according to the arrest report.
Samanie was arrested Monday and was being held Wednesday in the Hillsborough County Jail on $400,000 bail.
The baby was placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Families. The department has not had prior contact with Samanie, White, or the baby, DCF officials said. The county sheriff's child protection unit is investigating.