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UPDATE: Hillsborough Sheriff Accuses Father of Killing His Baby

Child Abuse| Kent Hawkins Johnson Sr. | Hillsborough Sheriff

The victim, a two-month-old baby, died New Year’s Eve as a result of injuries inflicted by his father, sheriff’s deputies said.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – Deputies have accused a Tampa man of causing his son’s death by striking the two month old in the head and breaking the child’s femur and ribs.

Kent Hawkins Johnson Sr., 23, of 1340 Windsor Way, Tampa, had originally been charged with charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse.But those charges were upgraded on Monday (Jan. 4) to first degree felony murder and aggravated child neglect. Hawkins remains in the Hillsborough County Jail with no bond.

Hillsborough sheriff’s deputies said they found out about the alleged child abuse on Monday (Dec. 28) when Kent Hawkins Johnson Jr. was brought into the hospital with severe injuries. The arrest warrant described the situation:

“On 12/19/15 the defendant, Kent Hawkins Johnson Sr., was in sole care and custody of the two-month-old male victim when the victim suffered multiple fractures of his ribs and femur. On 12/27/15 at approximately 4 p.m., the defendant struck the victim with his hand on the victim’s head. A doctor with the child protection team examined the victim on 12/28/15 and noted the victim had a skull fracture that occurred within the past 24 hours. The fractured ribs and femur occurred approximately seven to 10 days prior to the examination. …

“The defendant advised he held the victim over his head with the victim on his shoulders and spun him in circles. The defendant advised he fell and the victim fell on the tile floor and advised the victim cried for approximately 30 minutes. The defendant subsequently picked the child up off of the floor by the leg. The defendant advised the fractured ribs and leg were likely a result of that incident. The defendant also advised he intentionally struck the victim on his head on 12/27/15 after the victim was crying.”

The baby died on Dec. 31, deputies said, and on Jan. 2, the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner listed the cause of death as a homicide.

Deputies said the investigation is continuing.

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Photo is of Kent Hawkins Johnson Sr.

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