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Deputies: Polk man ‘lost it,’ throws crying baby

A Winter Haven man accused of throwing an inconsolable 11-month-old girl across a room Thursday faces a child abuse charge, Polk County deputies said.

Christopher Finlayson, 24, told detectives he became agitated when the child would not stop crying and “lost it,” the Polk sheriff’s office said.

The girl was in stable condition Friday at Tampa’s St. Joseph’s Hospital with a skull fracture, two broken wrists and five fractured ribs, deputies said.

The baby was in Finlayson’s care while the mother went to the store Thursday evening, deputies said.

According to an affidavit, the baby was crying and Finlayson tried to comfort her, but he tripped over a futon and dropped the child, who landed face first. According to the affidavit, the child screamed and Finlayson again tried to comfort her by tossing her into the air.

When the baby would not stop crying, he “lost it” in a moment of rage and frustration, he told deputies, according to the affidavit. Finlayson told detectives he told the baby, “I’ll give you something to cry about,” according to the affidavit.

About 6:30 p.m., he threw the baby into the air toward the end of a bed, causing the baby to hit face-first on the floor, the affidavit said. He then put the baby in bed.

When the mother returned about 7 p.m., the baby was unresponsive. The mother questioned Finlayson, who told her the baby’s head hit a playpen, according to the affidavit.

The mother took the girl to Winter Haven Hospital, which called the sheriff’s office. Finlayson did not admit to dropping the child until confronted at the hospital, the affidavit said.

Finlayson told detectives he smoked a “blunt and a half” of marijuana Wednesday and had been up the night before, the sheriff’s office said.

“This is just another example of marijuana abuse linked to child abuse,” Sheriff Grady Judd said.

Finlayson, of 5600 Cypress Gardens Road, No. 120, was arrested Friday morning on one count of aggravated child abuse. He was booked at the county jail without bond.

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