Merritt Island Teen Arrested For Aggravated Child Abuse

By  //  January 7, 2014

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff’s Agents arrested 19-year-old Victoria Constance Bennett, of 421 Moore Park Lane, Unit A, Merritt Island, for Aggravated Child Abuse, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Brevard County Sheriff’s Agents arrested 19-year-old Victoria Constance Bennett, of 421 Moore Park Lane, Unit A, Merritt Island, for Aggravated Child Abuse, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. (BCSO image)

Brevard County Sheriff’s Agents arrested 19-year-old Victoria Constance Bennett, of 421 Moore Park Lane, Unit A, Merritt Island, for Aggravated Child Abuse, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. (BCSO image)

Bennett is currently being held at the Brevard County Detention Center on a No Bond status.

The investigation was initiated after an unresponsive 11-week-old child was brought to the Cape Canaveral Hospital by the suspect and her husband on Friday, January 3.

After a preliminary examination, the child was transferred to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando. Tests there determined that the child had suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting in seizures and partial paralysis.

After a preliminary examination, the child was transferred to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando. Tests there determined that the child had suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting in seizures and partial paralysis.

The diagnosis was consistent with injuries caused by Shaken Baby Syndrome. It is believed that the medical effects of the injury are permanent, however, the long term prognosis is not known at this time, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation determined that the suspect violently shook the baby after becoming frustrated when the child would not eat or stop crying, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

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