Dad Charged In Death Of 2-Year-Old Fla. Boy

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- Authorities say a 2-year-old South Florida boy has died at the hands of his father just one month after child welfare officials removed the baby from his mother's care.

Miami-Dade police say Angel Villegas was annoyed with the baby because he was sick and threw him on the bed. The child hit his head on a wall. A report from the Department of Children and Families says the boy's injuries were consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. He was hospitalized with serious injuries and died Sunday.

It's the latest in a handful of deaths involving children who had contact with child protection officials. The head of DCF abruptly resigned last week. His chief of staff quietly resigned a week earlier.

DCF says it's examining what could have been done differently.

Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- A father of nine faces second-degree murder charges after throwing his 2-year-old son against a wall.

Television station NBC 6 South Florida reports that police have arrested Angel Luis Villegas in the death of the child.

Authorities say Villegas was frustrated with his son, who had been battling a cold and vomiting after every meal. On Tuesday, when the child threw up at dinner, police say Villegas threw his son on a bed in a rage, causing the 2-year-old to hit his head against a wall.

The following day, the 29-year-old father found his son unresponsive, lying still on the bed, police said. The child was taken to a Miami hospital, where he was declared brain dead.

Villegas is being held on $110,000 bond for child abuse and attempted murder charges.

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