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Sanford Dad Faces Child Abuse Charge

Posted March 28, 2008

— A Sanford man has been arrested and charged in connection with an assault on his 8-month-old infant.

Lee County sheriff's deputies saud they were called to Sanford Medical Group on Wednesday to investigate after the baby was found to have severe bruising on its head.

Jeffrey Paul Blakeslee, 25, of 250 Lillie Lane, was arrested and charged with one count of felony child abuse. He was held under a $50,000 secured bond.

Authorities said the child's mother, whose name was not released, was at work at the time. The couple does not live together, and the mother had left the child with Blakeslee, officials said.

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  • whatelseisnew Mar 28, 2008

    Hmm, how did the bruising get there? Did the child roll off a couch or bed, or perhaps a changing table? If so, then this is not child abuse. If the parent hit the child in the head hard enough to bruise him, then agreed, that is abuse. I do believe in appropriate corporal punishment for children, but there is no justification for striking an infant anywhere on the body.