Caretaker charged with infant's death in Fort Myers

Posted at 9:42 PM, Nov 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 08:41:11-05

Lee County Deputies have arrested a Ft. Myers man charged with killing a baby in his care.

Deputies responded to the 4900 block of North Galaxy Drive around 3:00 Thursday morning for a call of a child not breathing. 

First responders tried to save 8-month-old Julian Valdez, but he was pronounced dead at Gulf Coast Hospital.

An autopsy concluded Julian suffered major head trauma consistent with a violent beating.

Julian's caregiver, 27-year-old Rafael Carrion, was charged with 2nd degree murder.

"This innocent life, lost at the hands of a monster, has had a profound effect on my team," Sheriff Mike Scott said in a statement.  "I can't find the words to adequately describe my anger and heartache."

MORE: Father of suspect in infant death speaks out

Carrion was booked into the Lee County Jail Thursday.

He has previous arrests for battery, petit larceny, DUI, hit and run, trespassing, criminal mischief, interference with custody, and probation violation.

Four In Your Corner spoke to Rafael Carrion's father who says his son is innocent, read the story here