Lehigh man charged with aggravated child abuse of toddler boy

Steve A. Plummer

Steve A. Plummer

A Lehigh Acres man whose girlfriend admitted to Lee County Sheriff's deputies she watched as a toddler was beaten has been arrested.

Steve A. Plummer, 35, of the 300 block of Harold Street South, was charged with aggravated child abuse. Bond was denied.

Plummer, who had a warrant for his arrest, went Thursday night to a bail bondsman’s business in downtown Fort Myers, and when deputies arrived, he said: “It’s about time. I’m trying to get this over with,” according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report. He was arrested about 11 p.m.

Plummer’s girlfriend, Alexis Jeannie Serrano, 26, of the same address, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of child neglect. She posted bond and was released from jail.

The boy, who is less than 2 years old, suffered at least six rib fractures, investigators wrote in a report.

Serrano told authorities Plummer, with whom she has been in a relationship for two years and lived with since October, has been violent toward her. Since late December, she has watched as the boy was punched in the back.

While Plummer watched World Wrestling Entertainment, she said, the child was repeatedly slammed on the bed, according to the report. If the boy cried, he would “continue to slam the victim multiple times and become frustrated due to the victim’s perceived weakness.”

Investigators asked her if she didn’t report the abuse because of fear Plummer may retaliate. She said “she just wanted to believe it would get better,” according to the report.

The boy’s older sister, whose name and age were not released, told investigators Plummer hits the boy.

A witness who has taken care of the boy called authorities on April 2. The child was taken to the hospital on Tuesday, when the broken ribs were found.

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