Michael DeLeon, 23, is reportedly already on probation in a child abuse case, but he now faces new charges. DeLeon claimed a child at his West Colonial Drive home fell from a bunk bed last week, but investigators believe something more sinister is to blame for the child’s severe head trauma.
As doctors reportedly rushed the victim into surgery at Arnold Palmer Hospital on Aug. 24, a Department of Children and Families case worker reported the child’s injuries to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy spoke with witnesses from the home who described a frightful scene.
According to the deputy’s initial incident report, the girl’s mother reportedly said she heard a “strange noise” while her daughter played alone in her bedroom. She said she then found her lying on the floor, vomiting. The girl’s mother said she fell from a bunk bed ladder.
In a later interview with detectives, the woman reportedly admitted that the child cried out for her on the day of the incident and that when she entered the bedroom, 250-pound DeLeon was holding the injured child in his arms.
DeLeon reportedly denied being in the child’s room when she was injured and reiterated that the child fell from a bunk bed ladder. On Wednesday, when deputies told him that the girl’s severe injuries were not consistent with a fall, according to doctors, he asked to leave, the report said.
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