Monday, July 27, 2009

James Joseph Tolentino Charged with Fracturing Baby's Skull

A man was arrested on child abuse charges after a baby came into a hospital emergency room with a fractured skull.

Monday, Lee County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Investigation Unit was called notified by staff members at Gulf Coast Hospital about the baby's injuries.

Detectives were also told by hospital staff that the baby was suffering from bleeding on both sides of the brain.

They say an investigation helped them determine that while the infant had been crying, the suspect, 22-year-old James Joseph Tolentino, of 3762 Central Avenue D in Fort Myers, used extreme forced and slammed the baby into a car seat out of frustration. Doctors say that caused the skull fracture.

The infant was flown to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg because of his serious injuries. His condition is unknown at this time.

Tolentino was charged with one count of aggravated Child Abuse and one count of Child Neglect Causing Great Harm.

Deputies say he also has an out-of-county warrant from New Jersey for Failure to Appear.

Tolentino was to the Lee County Jail.


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