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Man arrested after infant's skull fractured, police say

JSO: Doctors advise 3-month-old had 'old and new blood' on his brain

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 21-year-old man was arrested several months after an infant was found with new and old head injuries, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. 

Dominador Blanco is charged with aggravated child abuse with a deadly weapon. 

In January, officers were called to Wolfson Children's Hospital by the Department of Children and Families, which was investigating a child neglect case.

According to a police report, the mother of a 3-month-old boy was at work on January 14 when she received a call from Blanco, who said the baby was vomiting and having trouble breathing, so he called rescue.

Doctors advised investigators the baby had "old and new blood" on his brain and skull fractures that had started healing, but had been re-injured, the report states.

When questioned at the hospital on Jan. 15, the report says, Blanco told investigators the child had been dropped when he was 1 month old, and believed the child hit the back of his head. Blanco said he did not report the incident because the infant, "landed on the carpet and he did not notice any bruises," according to the incident report. 

Months later, police said, Blanco was arrested Tuesday.

Neighbors who live at Blanco's apartment complex said they were concerned and disgusted by the accusations.

"That's sad. And other adults should be aware of what their kids are going through, who stays with them," said one neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous. "Watch who you have around your children. You never know what someone is capable of."

Blanco was booked into the Duval County Jail and ordered held on $800,000 bond.