A call that was dispatched as a report of a child not breathing ended with the arrest of a man who was babysitting the child.
Alfred J. Simpson, 19, of 500 E. Fairfield Dr., Pensacola was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of aggravated child abuse.
Police were initially dispatched to Pensacola Village, 500 E. Fairfield Dr., around 11 p.m. Monday to assist EMS. Upon arrival, officers found the 14-month-old baby unresponsive,
said Detective Amy Parsons. Simpson and the baby’s 18-year-old mother were on scene.
The baby was taken to a local hospital where it was determined she had a blunt force trauma injury on the rear of her head. She remains hospitalized in critical condition.
Simpson told police the child’s mother had a headache and had left the baby in his care while she took a nap.
He said while the mother was sleeping he cooked dinner for him and the baby.
Parsons said Simpson told police he left the apartment for several minutes and when he returned, he went to pick up the baby from the living room floor and discovered she was
having problems breathing and her body was limp.
Simpson used a woman’s inhaler on the baby in an attempt to get her to breathe. When the mother awakened, Simpson told her an ambulance needed to be called.