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Tampa man arrested for aggravated child abuse

11:55 PM, Jun 8, 2013   |    comments
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TAMPA, Florida -- A 21-year-old Tampa man is in jail after deputies say he severely beat his girlfriend's 3-year-old son inside their apartment.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says Dontevious Gardner got into an argument with his girlfriend on June 4. After she went into a bedroom, deputies say Gardner heard the child crying and went into the child's room, where he allegedly struck the boy numerous times in the head with the heel of his hand.

Gardner then allegedly forced the boy to maintain a push-up position until he passed out. After the boy was unconscious, Gardner reportedly picked him up and shook him violently in an attempt to wake him.

The sheriff's office says Gardner then tried to revive the boy under the shower, but when that didn't work he allegedly dropped the child, causing the boy to strike his head on the edge of the tub.

When Gardner told his girlfriend what happened, she immediately called 911 and the child was taken to a local hospital where he is currently listed in critical condition with severe head trauma.

Another child in the apartment was not injured and was removed from the home. The one-year-old is temporarily in a shelter while the case is under investigation.

Gardner faces aggravated battery charges. He is being held in jail without bond.

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