Polk County, Fla. (CBS TAMPA) — A Florida man is facing child abuse charges after he threw an 11-month-old baby across a room, exclaiming, “I’ll give you something to cry about,” authorities said.
Christopher Finlayson, 24, threw the crying female toddler he was babysitting onto the floor, fracturing her skull, breaking two wrists and fracturing five ribs, The Tampa Tribune reports. The Winter Haven man told detectives he “lost it,” according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
The baby was in Finlayson’s care as the child’s mother went on an errand Thursday evening, deputies say. Finlayson attempted to comfort the crying child by tossing the child into the air, but he tripped over a futon and dropped the child face-first onto the floor, according to the affidavit obtained by the Tribune. As the child screamed and continued to cry, Finlayson said he slipped into a moment of rage in which he “lost it.”
At 6:30 p.m., he threw the baby into the air toward the end of a bed, which caused the 11-month old to smack the floor face-first, according to the affidavit.
“I’ll give you something to cry about,” Finlayson told the baby, according to authorities.
When the mother of the child returned at 7 p.m. the baby was unresponsive and Finlayson told her the baby’s head had hit the playpen.
The mother took the baby to the Winter Haven Hospital, where the sheriff’s office was notified of the incident. Finlayson admitted to throwing the child when confronted by authorities at the hospital.
According to the sheriff’s office, Finlayson told detectives he smoked a “blunt and a half” of marijuana Wednesday and was unable to sleep the night before the incident.
“This is just another example of marijuana abuse linked to child abuse,” Sheriff Grady Judd claimed to the Tampa Tribune.
Finlayson was arrested Friday morning on one count of aggravated child abuse and he was booked into Polk County jail without bond.