Pinellas Park father arrested for intentionally squeezing 1-month-old causing 20 rib fractures

Posted at 4:45 AM, Jul 14, 2017

A Pinellas Park man was arrested on Thursday after detectives say he intentionally squeezed his 1-month-old baby fracturing several of the infant's ribs.

Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit began to investigate on Tuesday after the 1-month-old infant was admitted to Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital for fractured ribs and bruising.

Detectives say the mother 25-year-old Sara Nixon, and the child's father 25-year-old Daniel Nixon, originally brought the infant to the hospital for digestive problems and a bruise to her leg.

Detectives learned from doctors the infant suffered from over 20 rib fractures.

Detectives conducted interviews with the parents and identified inconsistencies in the father’s statements.

On Thursday, detectives brought the father into the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for an additional interview.

Daniel Nixon admitted to detectives he intentionally squeezed the infant on at least two occasions, with significant force, because the infant was crying and he was frustrated.

Detectives arrested Daniel Nixon and transported him to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.

Daniel Nixon was charged with one count of aggravated child abuse with great bodily harm.

The infant was released from the hospital to the custody of a family member.

The investigation continues.