Bond granted for Pinellas child abuse suspect

Glen Neal was charged with attempted 2nd degree murder. Pinellas County Jail booking photo
Glen Neal

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – A judge granted bond for Glen Neal, the Pinellas County man accused of kicking, beating and biting his girlfriend’s 11-month-old son.  Neal faces an attempted second degree murder charge.  His attorney, Kelly McCabe asked the judge to set bond at $50,000 dollars, but because of his extensive criminal record, he set bond at $300,000.

Pinellas Park Police say the incident happened on July 5.  Days later, the child’s mother filed a domestic violence injunction against Neal.  In it she wrote, “on Sunday, Glen Neal was in my kid’s room beating, kicking, throwing my 11-month-old son. While I was in my room watching TV.”  She continues on “Glen brought me the baby and he was passed out.”

Sgt. Adam Geissenberger calls the case revolting.

“As a parent, as a human being, you don’t touch animals, you don’t touch kids.”  Geissenberger said.  “He kicked this child while he was crawling and crying, punched this child and then picks it up by his throat and slams it on the bed to the point where the child is unconscious.  And then he decides he’s going to use water to revive the child. ”

At Neal’s first appearance hearing, family members and supporters filled the front row of the courtroom.  Neal’s mother, Mary Hatten testified her son is not a monster.

“He loves kids.  He wouldn’t do anything to any children,” Hatten said.  “and I’m not saying this because he’s my son.

“Glen is a good-hearted person,” his attorney Kelly McCabe said.

McCabe closed by telling the judge, she felt the accusations against her client amount to revenge.

“My understanding is he doesn’t become a suspect or a wanted person until the mother of the child  thought he was out with another woman. “

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