A man in Florida was arrested and charged with child abuse for kicking a 7-year-old girl that sent her flying through the room and striking her head against an object.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the man, identified as 45-year-old Steven Tromblee, was arrested Monday (May 11) and was accused of kicking a 7-year-old girl that resulted in the child suffering a head injury.

The sheriff’s office did not release the identity of the girl. The relationship between the girl and Tromblee was also unknown. Deputies, after receiving a tip from one of the family members, responded to the home in unincorporated St. Petersburg, Florida, on Sunday (May 10).

The girl told the officers that Tromblee attacked her on Saturday when he became angry with her for telling a lie. She said he grabbed her by the hair and put his foot in her back. Deputies said the kick was with enough force that the girl was sent flying and she knocked her head against something.

The same night, the child told a family member about the incident.

The girl was treated at St. Petersburg General Hospital and was later released. Her injuries were not life-threatening

Tromblee confessed to the crime when deputies questioned him on Monday.

He was charged with one count of aggravated child abuse and was booked into the Pinellas County jail.  Information on the bail amount set on him was not revealed.

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In a similar incident, a 2-year-old boy was pronounced dead after he was struck multiple times, causing bleeding in his brain. The boy, identified as Kayden Blackmer, and his 10-month-old sister, Rosalee Blackmer, were taken to hospital on Saturday (May 9) after the siblings suffered injuries from suspected abuse.

Scan reports revealed that the boy was struck multiple times in the head and chest, which fractured his ribs and collapsed the lung. He was put on life support due to the swelling and bleeding on his brain. He was taken off life support as his heart eventually stopped beating on Monday. Rosalee was out of danger and was discharged from the hospital.