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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 10-008

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 7, 2010
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    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
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    Matthew Peeler charged with Aggravated Child Abuse

    Matthew Peeler charged with Aggravated Child Abuse on 2 1/2 year old victim.
    • Wednesday
    • January 6, 2010
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • 2704 Annie Street
    • Tampa, FL
    Matthew Ray Peeler,  DOB 2-26-86
    2704 Annie Street, Tampa
     
    Victim:  2  ½  year old female
    What: Aggravated Child Abuse
    When: Arrested January 6, 2010
    Incident occurred January 5, 2010
    Where: Hillsborough County

    Summary:
     
    On January 5, 2010 Fire Rescue responded to a residence in Hillsborough County in reference to a 2 ½ year old female with severe head injuries.  The child was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital where she is listed in critical condition.
     
    The defendant places himself as the only person with the victim during a two hour period from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. on January 5, 2010, as the other adults in the home were sleeping.  After extensive interviews with the defendant he admitted that the child initially fell from her baby bed onto the wooden floor of the living, so he picked her up to console here.  He became more and more angry when she would not stop crying so he threw her into the baby bed striking her head on the bed frame. After a short time she was still crying so he picked her up and took her into the kitchen where she allegedly fell from his arms striking her head on the tile floor.
     
    Other adults were home at the time of the incident, but were sleeping in another room and did not see anything.
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