Port Charlotte man charged with child abuse

CREATED Feb. 12, 2014

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - A Port Charlotte man is accused of abusing a toddler in his care by causing a skull fracture.

22-year-old Michael Roca was arrested Tuesday after an interview with Charlotte County investigators and charged with child abuse.

Roca was babysitting a 13-month-old girl on Wednesday February 5th.  The following day the toddler's mother took the child to a Port Charlotte Hospital where doctor's suspected child abuse. 

The mother told doctor's the girl had started vomiting after falling off the bed the night before according to Roca, the child's sitter.

The child was then rushed to a St. Petersburg children's hospital due to the severe nature of the injuries.  A child abuse expert and doctor at that hospital told investigators the injuries were sustained by blunt force trauma to the back of the head and that it was highly unlikely that a fall from a bed caused the injuries.

Investigators interviewed Roca and they believe he lost his temper because the child wouldn't stop crying and he threw her onto her mother's bed with such force that she bounced off the bed and onto the floor.