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Paul Lajeunesse arrested for breaking baby's leg; police say he was upset he had to stop Xbox video game to change diaper

11:47 AM, Dec 20, 2013   |    comments
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Hernando, Florida -- A Citrus County man broke a month-old baby's leg in frustration over having to stop playing video games to change a diaper, deputies said.

20-year-old Paul Lajeunesse is currently being held without bond on a charge of aggravated child abuse.

According to the baby's grandmother, Lajeunesse -- who spends most of the time at the home and does not work -- had been getting upset at having to routinely change the child's diapers, and she had worried at how he was handling the baby while doing so. The grandmother said the baby would often cry when he changed the diaper, but did not cry when she did so.

The baby's mother lives at the home, but attends school during the day, so the grandmother is the baby's primary caretaker.

Citrus deputies say on the afternoon of December 11, the grandmother asked Lajeunesse change the baby's diaper. Lajeunesse was allegedly playing an Xbox game at the time and became upset that he was being interrupted.

Lajeunesse later told the Department of Children and Families that he was frustrated before attempting to change the diaper and that when he lifted the infant's legs, he heard a pop and saw the right leg go limp.  

He alerted the grandmother and the child was later taken to the doctor.  X-rays showed the baby's leg had been fractured and the child was taken to the hospital for treatment. The baby has since been released.

Lajeunesse was arrested and ordered not to have contact with the victim. It is not clear what his relationship with the child is.

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