GOLDEN GATE — A Golden Gate Estates man is jailed in Collier County on an aggravated child-abuse charge after authorities say he squeezed and stepped on an 11-month-old child.
Jose Manuel Garcia-Velazquez, 24, of the 4000 block of Golden Gate Boulevard, Golden Gate Estates, was arrested Friday at his home.
According to an arrest report, Collier deputies on Tuesday were called to NCH-North Naples Hospital after a child was brought into the emergency room with shortness of breath, vomiting, jaundice and bruising on the left side of her face. During the child’s initial treatment, doctors found she had a lacerated liver and a broken rib, the report said.
The child was transferred to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood on Florida’s east coast before she was moved to the Miami Children’s Hospital.
According to an arrest report, a deputy was informed by one of the child’s doctors that it was considered a child abuse case that was potentially lethal to the infant.
Deputies contacted day-care officials who said the child was picked up by two men, one of whom was Garcia-Velazquez. The child, the report states, immediately started crying when she saw Garcia-Velazquez.
According to the arrest report, Garcia-Velazquez “began to make up stories” when asked what happened to the child before eventually telling the deputy that on Tuesday he and the child were lying on a mattress on the floor. He went on to say he thought he heard knocking on his apartment door, got up, lost his balance and fell forward, stepping on the child’s abdomen, the report said.
Garcia-Velazquez was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse.