Merritt Island Man Arrested For Child Abuse, Infant In Critical Condition
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard Sheriff // December 5, 2018
Andrew William Shelley, 21, arrested for Child Neglect and 4 counts of Aggravated Child Abuse
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article is written by Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – On Tuesday, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old, Andrew William Shelley of Merritt Island for causing severe injuries to his 3-month-old daughter.
The investigation began this morning when Agents with the Sheriff’s Office were contacted by the Department of Children and Families in reference to an infant that was in critical condition at Arnold Palmer Hospital.
The subsequent investigation revealed that the infant was transferred to Arnold Palmer after the mother brought the child to a local hospital in Brevard County just after midnight.
Medical personnel advised that the infant had sustained significant trauma to the head and chest area that were obviously caused by physical abuse.
Agents determined that the injuries to the infant occurred while the mother was at work and the victim was being cared for by Shelley. The victim remains in the hospital in critical condition.
Shelley, who was charged with Child Neglect and 4 counts of Aggravated Child Abuse was transported to the Brevard County Jail where he is being held on a “No Bond” status.
I am disgusted by the actions of this coward and find it hard to imagine that anyone could be so evil and heartless as to attack and injure an innocent infant!
Behind the bars of the Brevard County Jail is the only place suitable for someone like this and I am extremely thankful for our Agents who made sure that’s exactly where he is!
Anyone who may have further information about this incident is asked to please call Agent Cynthia Young of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Special Victim’s Unit at (321) 633-8419.
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