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Largo Man Charged With Aggravated Child Abuse of His Infant

Michael Alan Hopkins, 32, of Largo, is charged with aggravated child abuse after his 5-month-old infant suffers severe head trauma while in his care.

A Largo man is charged with child abuse after his 5-month-old infant suffers severe head trauma while in his care. 

Michael Alan Hopkins, 32, told Largo police the infant’s injuries occurred when the child rolled off the couch and fell onto the carpeted floor.

Hopkins later confessed to detectives that he was angry over the infant’s fall and "violently" picked up the infant, said Lt. Edward Sohoski of .

Detectives say Hopkins told them he "violently" struck the infant's head on a wooden crib railing then forcibly grabbed the infant from the crib, thrusting the child’s head backwards.

Hopkins was home alone with the infant at time this occurred. When he noticed that the child was injured he called the infant’s mother, but was unable to get a hold of her, Sohoski said. He then called her parents who came to the home.

The family contacted an on-call pediatrician firm and were advised to take the infant to the emergency room.

The infant suffered a basal skull fracture, brain hemorrhage and retinal hemorrhage.  

The infant was admitted to the Morton Plan Hospital emergency room in Clearwater and later transferred to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg due to the severity of the injuries.

Hopkins was charged with aggravated child abuse and his being held in Pinellas County Jail with no bond.

Largo police said Hopkins recently moved to Largo from Connecticut. At this time there is no known criminal history, officials said.

Officials don’t know the extent of the damage the infant has suffered, but Sohoski said, “They are still running tests. I will tell you that the injuries were severe.”

vanessa November 24, 2011 at 12:27 PM
What a POS!...these are the people that should be filling the prisons...
Jill Lalima November 30, 2011 at 03:32 AM
Unless something like this has happened to you, don't judge! How would you feel if he was your brother or boyfriend or best friend? If you don't know him don't bother commenting!!! To me, you're the POS for even writing something like that!! If an article was written about you to describe the situation and it was put into detail to sound the absolute worse, and people reading it would think awful things about you -- wouldn't you want a chance to explain yourself? Have some decency!!!
Adam December 01, 2011 at 02:34 AM
What is sad is the baby had to be sent to another hospital after morton plant b/c the injuries were so bad. He looks like a great guy in this pic too. go smoke another grit larghetto trash
Sad situation December 01, 2011 at 01:43 PM
"The infant suffered a basal skull fracture, brain hemorrhage and retinal hemorrhage." Yeah, great guy.
Jamie December 02, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Jill: 1) he admitted that he was angry that his baby fell off the couch. what kind of person gets angry that their BABY falls off the couch, especially when he should have been the one WATCHING to make sure that didn't happen. 2) He admitted that he VIOLENTLY STRUCK THE INFANTS HEAD ON THE CRIB! HOW CAN YOU DEFEND SOMEONE THAT WOULD DO SOMETHING SO SICK!!!??? You should go to jail with him because you are probably an awful parent too if you seriously want to defend this POS
Kelly April 09, 2012 at 12:00 AM
You guys only know what the media is saying. Wait till something happens in your family and the police twist everything you say and your so upset with what is going on. So quick to judge what is wrong with people. Now all the people who like to judge bet your the first that hate to be judged!!!

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