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Hillsborough man arrested in second shaken baby case

A child showed deputies how the man balled his fists and slammed them on the mattress after the baby would not stop crying.

Published June 10, 2005

A Hillsborough County man who was babysitting faces charges after his 3-month-old son suffered severe head injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome, authorities said.

In Pasco County's second shaken baby case in as many days, Thomas Eugene Warren, 48, of 314 Kari Drive, Riverview, is accused of aggravated child abuse, according to a sheriff's report.

Deputies say the incident happened April 1 at the child's home in Wesley Chapel. Deputies were called to University Community Hospital after learning that the baby suffered a brain injury and retinal bleeding and underwent emergency surgery.

Warren initially told deputies he did not harm the baby, but another child in the house showed deputies how Warren balled his fists and slamming them on the crib mattress after the baby would not stop crying, the report said.

Warren later admitted to hitting the mattress, the report said. Warren told deputies that afterward the baby went limp and needed medical help.

Warren's arrest follows the arrest Thursday of Sherry Beth Bossik, 26, of 27241 Dayflower Blvd., Wesley Chapel, after her 5-week-old son was hospitalized for skull fractures. The baby remained in critical condition Friday. Bossick was released without having to post bail but is being electronically monitored.

[Last modified June 10, 2005, 17:19:02]

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