Spring Hill Man Accused of Breaking 2-Month-Old Baby’s Legs, Arm and Rib
Deputies say he told them that, on multiple occasions, the baby would “cry constantly” and out of frustration, he would shake and squeeze the child to try and stop the crying.
HERNANDO COUNTY – A Spring Hill man was arrested after he admitted shaking and squeezing a 2-month-old baby to get the child to stop crying, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said.
The child is recovering from the injuries.
Justin Michael Gluck, 25, of Spring Hill, was arrested by deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Gluck will be taken to the Hernando County Detention Center in the next few days where he will face a charge of Aggravated Child Abuse. It is unclear what relationship, if any, Gluck has to the baby.
Hernando deputies said that, on Aug. 3, the mother was bathing the baby when the child started crying uncontrollably after she moved the infant’s arm for bathing purposes. The mother contacted the child’s pediatrician, who in turn, ordered x-rays. The x-rays revealed multiple fractures on the infant’s body.
The infant was transferred to UF Health Shands Hospital where a skeletal survey was conducted. The skeletal survey revealed multiple fractures, including corner fractures of the left upper arm, fractures to both upper legs near the knees, and a fracture of the left lower leg near the knee.
Doctors said the injuries are consistent with high velocity shaking, forceful jerking, and/or the twisting of an extremity. Injuries such as these are commonly found in infants who have been severely shaken.
The 2 month old suffered a rib fracture (reflective of being squeezed) and a compression fracture of the left forearm.
The skeletal survey also noted some of the injuries were in different stages of healing.
Deputies said investigation revealed that Gluck had made statements that he had been angry and frustrated on several occasions and abruptly grabbed the infant from the play pen.
After learning Gluck was staying in Tampa, Hernando sheriff’s Detective Johnson, along with Hillsborough County deputies, went to Gluck’s motel.
In a recorded interview, deputies said, Gluck described how on multiple occasions spanning the months of June and July (when he was in the presence of the infant) the baby would “cry constantly” and out of frustration, he would shake and squeeze the child to try and stop the crying. Gluck also said that he abruptly lifted the baby out of the crib by the left arm on several occasions, and, while changing the child’s diaper, he would force the infant’s bent legs and arms into a straight position in order to get clothes on the baby.
Gluck stated that, when the baby’s bones were breaking, he could hear “a popping noise” very similar to the sound heard when an adult cracks their knuckles.
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