An Orlando man was arrested on a charge of aggravated child abuse after doctors discovered his infant son had severe brain injuries consistent with abuse from shaking.
Malcolm Nelson, 32, could face an upgraded charge if the infant doesn’t recover from his injuries. The baby was left unresponsive and on life support following his initial admission to the hospital in January.
Detectives were notified of the case on January 24th, the day after the 3-month-old baby was rushed to the emergency room after losing consciousness at home in Ormond Beach and going into cardiac arrest. After extensive medical evaluation and treatment, doctors determined he had several injuries and fractures that resulted from physical abuse such as shaking.
Interviews and further investigation revealed that Nelson had shaken the infant in the past, including the morning he became unresponsive.
Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Nelson last week and arrested him in Orlando. He was transported from the Orange County Jail over to the Volusia County Branch Jail on Tuesday afternoon, held on $150,000 bond.
The baby, now 11 months old, remains on life support, according to Central Florida law enforcement.