Sitter Admits to 'Forcefully' Fracturing 16-Day-Old's Skull for Waking Him Up

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A Hillsborough County, Florida, man has been arrested after he admitted to police that he seriously injured an infant in his care. Aaron James Bordelon allegedly "forcefully" picked up a baby that he was watching after the child woke him up shortly after being fed. Now, police say that Bordelon tried to hide evidence of the crime from the baby's mother, but there was no masking the fact that the newborn was in pain and severely harmed.

  • According to reports, Bordelon "became agitated" by the child when the baby woke him up after a feeding.

    The 29-year-old was left in charge of the 16-day-old newborn, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. But when the baby woke him up, Bordelon became "agitated" and took his aggression out on the baby. He later admitted to "forcefully" picking up the infant, and the baby's health quickly deteriorated after that. The baby, who has not been named, started showing bruises under the eyes and eyelids. The infant's breathing also started to slow, he said.

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  • But Bordelon did not immediately call for emergency aid. Instead, he tried to conceal the bruising with makeup.

    Once the child's mother returned, Bordelon reportedly only then decided to act and get the baby some help. He called a Lyft ride share to get the newborn and the new mom to Brandon Regional Hospital. The baby's mother tried to remove the makeup Bordelon had used to cover up her child's bruises before they arrived at the emergency room, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

  • Doctors who treated the child said that the newborn suffered from skull fractures and severe traumatic brain injury.

    They told police that the child is still in critical condition. 

    Bordelon has admitted to his part in the newborn's condition and readily told police when questioned that "This is my fault." He has since been arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect.

    In the police report, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister condemned Bordelon and spoke out against the violence inflicted upon this child. "Abuse in any form is unacceptable and this case is especially tragic and emotionally difficult for our detectives as it involves an innocent and defenseless child," he said. "There is help available for parents who may feel overwhelmed, by calling 211 for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay."

    Bodelon remains in the Hillsborough County jail on a bail of $22,500, the Tampa Bay Times reported. 

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