PINELLAS PARK, FL (WFLA) – A baby boy is on life and support and the man accused of putting him in that fragile state is behind bars. Pinellas Park Police detectives arrested Glen Franklin Neal Jr., 31, on Sunday for second-degree attempted murder.
Investigators say Neal kicked, punched, and bit the 11-month-old infant because the boy was crying while in his care. According to an arrest affidavit, Neal kicked the baby so hard he was lifted off the ground, he punched the baby in the face, grabbed the baby by the throat and slammed him on the bed. When the baby became unconscious, investigators say Neal threw water on him in an attempt to revive him.
Police on Monday say there were five other children in the home at the time of the incident who witnessed what occurred. No other children were injured by Neal. The relationship between Neal and the baby is still undetermined at this time. Police also say the baby’s mother was home at the time, but there’s no reason to believe she knew what was happening.
The baby was taken to All Children’s Hospital in serious condition Friday. He’s now under heavy sedation and on a ventilator, according to police. Neal is set to face a Pinellas County judge Monday afternoon.
Neal was arrested on Sunday after police received a tip on his location. At first, they were refused entrance into the home, but after getting a call from Neal’s attorney, they were able to return and arrest him. Police say Neal has offered no statements, no information and has shown no remorse at this time.
Neal’s mother, Mary Hatten tells News Channel 8 he loves children and claims the baby was injured while playing with other children. “He said ‘Mom, I’m down at the hospital because the kids were playing and the baby fell on the floor and hit his head,'” she explained. “Next thing I know he’s on the news for attempted murder on a baby. And he called me crying his heart out and said, ‘I don’t understand. How could they do this? That’s not true.’ And anybody that knows Glen, that knows my son, knows that he loves kids.”
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