published: Friday, September 23, 2011
Update: Father jailed for child abuse
SEBRING -- The 20-year-old father of a 3-month-old boy is being held in the Highlands County Jail facing child abuse charges after the child was hospitalized with head injuries on Sept. 9.
Dominic Diaz-Ascani was booked on charged of cruelty towards a child, abuse with great bodily harm and child neglect with great bodily harm, a press release from the Highlands County Sheriff's Office said. Bond was set at $200,000.
According to a press release, deputies were called to Florida Hospital Heartland in Sebring in regards to an incident of possible child abuse on Sept. 9. Nursing personnel at the hospital informed responding Deputy Brian Van Fleet that the child had indications of both current and previous head injuries and was being flown to Tampa General Hospital with potentially life threatening injuries.
The case was initially worked by persons crime Det. Roger St. Laurent, due to the severity of the injury and the fact the child was in danger of dying.
The arrest report said that the mother arrived home about 10:30 and was met in the driveway by a "frantic" Diaz-Ascani, who told her the boy slipped out his hands in the shower and hit his head. The child was lethargic and was rushed to the hospital.
Once the child stabilized and detectives learned from doctors that the baby would live but with severe trauma, the case was turned over to Det. Chris Carr of the special victim's unit for further investigation.
Following consultation with doctors and review of medical reports, it was determined that the child did in fact have prior physical signs of abuse in addition to the current severe head injuries, the HCSO press release said.
According to an arrest report, Diaz-Ascani also told investigators that the boy slipped out of his hands and hit his head on the shower floor. When investigators said they did not believe him, Diaz-Ascani said that he had never intentionally harmed his son, but "does play rough with him when they wrestle," the report said.
Anyone with further information on this case may contact Detective Chris Carr at the Highlands County Sheriff's Office Special Victim's Unit, 402-7354 or 402-7357. Anyone with information on this case and who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS(8477), or on the Internet at www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com/. Anonymity is guaranteed.
Everyone deserves a chance (by: His aunt Alba - 5/10/2013)
Just by reading those expressions shows what kind of person you are. Dominic is a very thoughtful, kind and young person who deserves a chance in this life, just like anyone of you. Just think if instead you would be in his place, think before you write anything. And remember this life is a journey and no one knows what can happens in our life, or what kind of mistakes you can ever make.
That fool Dominic (by: MR.WONDERFUL - 9/25/2011)
They've always been a screwy bunch that family. Not surprised:)
(by: mad mom - 9/25/2011)
what a SICKO! I hope this KID gets what he deserves... and rots in prison! I pray the baby is okay. what a sad story.
Prison Code (by: ;) - 9/24/2011)
Thats one thing men in prison DO NOT put up with...Men that abuse children. Dont drop the soap
(by: Rusty Shackleford - 9/23/2011)
Looks like a young Ted Bundy.
(by: concerned parent - 9/23/2011)
This just brakes my heart. How could anyone do this? Sick bastard!
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