A Blountstown man has reportedly confessed to injuring his four-month-old baby, then denying the child medical attention.
Devonta Ross, 21, has been charged with one count of child abuse and two counts of child neglect.
According to the Blountstown Police Department, an investigation began after the infant was taken to Calhoun-Liberty Hospital by other relatives back on Jan. 18. The baby was found to have fractures to his right femur and right tibia, as well as other possible injuries. The Department of Children and Families intervened and opened an investigation with the BPD and Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement. During an interview Wednesday, Ross said he was caring for the infant and a one-year-old during the late evening hours of Jan. 17 and early morning hours of Jan. 18. He reportedly admitted to authorities he left the two children in an apartment and walked down the street to buy four cigarettes from a neighbor. He further offered that he had forgotten he placed the 4 month old child in the bed of this apartment and, upon entering the bedroom, he did a “superman dive” onto the bed, landing on the infant. Devonta Ross did not seek medical attention for the child or report this incident to the child’s mother or law enforcement.
Ross was interviewed on two prior occasions by law enforcement and failed to disclose any knowledge of how the child was injured prior to Wednesday's interview.
Capt. Adam Terry was the case agent for the BPD.