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Devonte Baker arrested on child abuse charges after 2-year-old taken unresponsive to hospital

1:02 PM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Members of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Homicide unit arrested a 20-year-old on charges of aggravated child abuse after two-year-old was brought unresponsive to St. Vincent's Hospital.

Devonte Baker was watching the two-year-old December 14 when the girl received a head injury, according to an arrest report from JSO.

When a family member returned that night and checked on the child, she found them unresponsive.  The two then took the girl to St. Vincent's Hospital.

Baker's original story, according to the arrest report, was that the girl slipped and fell in the shower.

The report says Dr. Reznicsek told detectives, "The degree of injury was not proportionate to the mechanism of injury."

According to the report, Baker allegedly gave police several different versions of how the child was injured, none of which matched how the child was injured.

The report said Baker's final version of the story is that he got frustrated because the child was whining and crying after injuring her lip in the shower.  Baker then allegedly told police he shoved the girl to the ground and she hit her head on the floor.  According to the report, Baker said she became unresponsive and he carried the girl to her bed.

The report said when detectives asked Baker why he didn't seek medical attention for the girl, he allegedly said he was scared and hoped she would just wake up.

Baker's bond is set at $1,000,003.  His arraignment is scheduled for January 8.

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