Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 10-188

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 7, 2010
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Suspect In Toddler's Death Turns Himself In To Authorities

    Search is off as suspect turns himself in.
    • Sunday
    • June 6, 2010
    • Time: 12:00 PM
    • Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
    • 1201 N. Orient Rd
    • Tampa, Fl
    Update June 7, 2010 –

    On June 6, 2010 at approximately 6:20 p.m. suspect Michell Blanco, DOB 05-19-82 turned himself in at the Orient Road Jail on the below charges.

    VICTIM: (Deceased)

    Garcia, Alexis DOB 12-27-2006
    6225 North Dale Mabry Hwy. Apt. 809
    Tampa, FL 33624


    SUSPECT:



    Blanco, Michell DOB 05-19-1982 (Arrested)
    6225 North Dale Mabry Hwy. Apt.809
    Tampa, FL 33624

    CHARGES: First Degree Murder and Aggravated Child Abuse

    On May 24, 2010, the suspect who resides with his five-year-old son along with his girlfriend and her son who is the victim's mother transported the victim to Saint Joseph's Hospital with a head injury.

    The suspect informed the hospital staff that the victim fell in the parking lot of their apartment complex while chasing ducks. The victim was taken to emergency surgery for severe head injuries. During the investigation, detectives determined that the suspect was the sole care taker of the victim while the victim's mother was at work and the child was injured.

    On May 25, 2010, the victim passed away due to his injuries. On May 27, 2010, the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office ruled this death was a homicide giving homicide detectives the evidence to obtain arrest warrants for Blanco. According to the Medical Examiner, the injuries to the child were not consistent with the explanation given by the suspect.



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