Cops Say Dad Threw Baby Over Hotel Balcony, Jumped

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Associated Press News Release

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating after they say a father threw his 2-year-old son off a second-floor, hotel balcony in central Florida before jumping himself.

Kissimmee police responded to the hotel around 2 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities say Juan Pablo Maradiaga will face an attempted murder charge.

The toddler suffered multiple injuries including several fractures, but is expected to recover. He is being treated by a team of specialized physicians. Maradiaga was also hospitalized, but his condition was not known.

The Department of Children and Families is in the early stages of its investigation and has not made any changes in the child's custody. The agency said in a statement that the child will remain safely in the hospital while they complete their assessment.

The agency has not had any prior contact with the child.

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