OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WALA - UPDATE: 9-17-2013 - The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has upgraded the charges against a Fort Walton Beach man after an 8-week-old baby died. William Thomason was originally charged with child abuse, but the charge has been upgraded to homicide.
9-15-2013 - The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Fort Walton Beach man with causing the injuries that placed an eight-week-old infant in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.
At last word, the infant was unresponsive and given a slight chance of survival.
Deputies arrested 23-year old William Thomason Saturday morning, September 14 at his home on a charge of aggravated child abuse.
They’d been called to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center around 6:30
p.m. Friday regarding an eight-week-old girl with suspicious injuries who’d been brought to the emergency room by EMS.
The baby had bruising, a broken collarbone, and severe head trauma and was taken by helicopter to the Pediatric ICU at Sacred Heart where doctors say her chance of survival is “slight”.
Thomason told deputies he was the only person with the victim during the time period between when she was left in his care and the injuries were discovered.
He gave deputies several scenarios about how the injuries may have occurred, including that the infant may have hit her head on the faucet while he was giving her a bath.
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