PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Michael Roca, 22, faces child abuse charges after a toddler suffered a fractured skull while in his care.
On February 6, the Department of Children and Families contacted Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies after the 13-month-old was brought to Bayfront Port Charlotte Hospital for her injuries. They spoke with the Emergency Room doctor and with the child's mother, who said the toddler was vomitting after she allegedly fell off the bed the night before. Roca, the child's babysitter, had given this account to the victim's mother.
Due to the severity of her injuries, the child was sent to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.
A child abuse expert and doctor at All Children's told deputies the victim's injuries were sustained by blunt force trauma to the back of the head, and that it was highly unlikely that the injuries were sustained by rolling off the bed.
Roca was contacted yesterday. After an interview, the deputy determined Roca lost his temper because the child would not stop crying. The deputy believes Roca picked her up and threw her onto her mother's bed with such force that she bounced off the bed and onto the floor.
Roca was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail.