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    Couple face questioning in boy's injuries


    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published September 14, 2001

    TARPON SPRINGS -- Detectives late Thursday were interviewing a Tarpon Springs man and the mother of a 2-year-old boy after the toddler suffered "very serious" injuries to his head and upper body, police said.

    The mother, 18-year-old Brandi Ebersberger, called 911 to report a medical emergency about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, police Sgt. Jeff Young said. He said the boy was unresponsive when paramedics arrived.

    "When they saw what they did, as far as the injuries on the 2-year-old, they immediately called for us," Young said.

    Asked about the cause of the injuries, Young said, "everything's being looked at," including the possibility of child abuse.

    Detectives thought the toddler, Jordan Ebersberger, was in "severely critical" condition Thursday night at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Young said.

    Brandi and Jordan Ebersberger, along with a 2-month-old infant whose name and gender were not immediately available, were staying at 1404 Highland Ave. S, police said. The home is owned by Paul Edwards, 56, and is in a working-class neighborhood near the western shore of Lake Tarpon.

    Edwards and Ebersberger are not married, and Edwards is not related to the injured toddler, Young said. Police were still determining the nature of their relationship. The 2-month-old, who was not hurt, was staying with a grandmother, Young said. No charges had been filed as of 9 p.m. Thursday.

    Thursday night, yellow crime scene tape surrounded the front yard of the one-story beige and brown stucco home, which is just south of the Highland Nature Park. Forensic technicians from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office were going through the home.

    - Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

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