NORTH PORT, Fla.- North Port Police arrested a Bradenton man Friday night after a baby who had been left in his care died from traumatic injuries.
Carter Bryant, 35, now faces charges of Manslaughter and Aggravated Child Abuse.
North Port Police responded to the 5300 block of Dunsmuir Road for an 11-month-old boy who was in need of medical attention. The victim was taken to All Children’s Hospital in Clearwater, where doctors said his injuries were "exclusively caused by a continued violent shaking motion," according to Bryant's arrest report.
The child's mother told police that she and Bryant were at the house in North Port, awaiting the arrival of a friend, and that the child had been inconsolable. She said that he calmed down and she felt confident to leave him with Bryant, as she ran to a liquor store in Port Charlotte. According to the arrest report, she saw the defendent kissing the baby and asked that he not "bond with him like that." She left and returned 20 minutes later. Upon arrival, Bryant allegedly told her the child was in a "deep sleep" and that she shouldn't wake him. She found the victim in his carseat, slumped, pale, cold to the touch and not breathing. The toddler's mother said when she asked Bryant to call 911, she felt that he didn't actually make the call and that he instead was feigning shock. She called 911 herself and was walked through how to perform CPR until authorities arrived. The friend she had been awaiting earlier then arrived on the scene and assisted.
The victim died Sunday at All Children’s Hospital from his injuries.