KEY POINTS

  • A Melbourne man "violently threw" a baby boy onto the ground of the living room after he became frustrated, police said
  • A scan showed the child suffered brain compression, brain hemorrhage and a depressed fracture to the back of his head
  • Medical staff said the injuries may cause the baby to suffer permanent blindness and other neurological issues

A man from Melbourne, Florida, has admitted to "violently" throwing a baby to the ground out of frustration, causing severe injuries, authorities said.

Police charged 30-year-old Cristian Cubillos with aggravated child abuse as aggravated assault after he admitted to the act, WKMG-TV first reported. 

Cubillos was taking care of the young boy Tuesday when he observed that the child had become lethargic and inactive, the report said. He and another caregiver then took the child to Holmes Regional Medical Center, where medical staff told police the baby's behavior was consistent with a traumatic head injury.

Medical staff reported their suspicions of abuse to Melbourne police after a brain scan of the child showed he had suffered a brain compression, brain hemorrhage and a depressed fracture to the back of his head. The baby was then flown to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando due to the severity of his injuries.

Cubillos initially told detectives the baby was taking a nap and hit his head when he rolled over, according to the report. When he was informed of the child's injuries, Cubillos told police he was attempting to console the baby because he was crying but became frustrated.

Cubillos then allegedly admitted to detectives he "violently threw" the infant to the ground of the living room, which caused the young boy to hit the back of his head. The baby then became lethargic after he was thrown, Cubillos told police.

The child is still currently at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Medical staff said his injuries may cause him to suffer permanent blindness and other neurological issues.

A similar incident occurred earlier this week. It was revealed Monday that an owner of a daycare center in Maine was charged with aggravated assault, assault on a child less than 6 years old and endangering the welfare of a child.

Court documents said Savannah Brann was charged after a then-19-month-old baby, identified as Raegan Blagdon, was found face down and unresponsive during nap time in the facility in March.

The baby is reportedly still recovering from a traumatic brain injury due to lack of oxygen.

The news came a few weeks after a 21-year-old father from Illinois pleaded guilty to killing his 6-month-old baby in 2019. 

Kyler Purser pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in a plea bargain with Peoria County prosecutors on April 13. Authorities arrested Purser on Sept. 8, 2019, after he held his young daughter, Lisa Purser, against his chest for several minutes until she stopped breathing.

nurse-6058389_1920 Representation. A scan of the child showed he suffered a brain compression, brain hemorrhage, and a depressed fracture in his back. Photo: Pixabay