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    Release Number: 13-225

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 10, 2013
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Man Charged With Aggravated Child Abuse

    Dontevious Gardner severely beat a 3-year-old boy.
    • Tuesday
    • June 4, 2013
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County


    Dontevious Gardner
    DOB: 06/05/1992
    2207 Kendall Springs Ct Apt 102
    Tampa Florida


    • Aggravated Child Abuse


    3 year old male (name confidential)


    Dontevious Gardner is facing aggravated battery charges after he severely beat his live-in girlfriend's 3 year old son inside their apartment. On June 7, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office detectives obtained enough information including a confession to charge Dontevious Gardner with Aggravated Child Abuse.

    According to detectives, Gardner and his live-in girl friend got into an argument in the early evening hours of June 4, 2013. During the argument, the girlfriend went to her bedroom while her 3 year old son was in another bedroom. At some point after the victim's mother went to her bedroom, Dontevious Gardner heard the child crying and went inside the child's room and struck the child numerous times in the head with the heel of his hand. Gardner then forced the child to maintain a push up position until the child went unconscious.

    After the child went unconscious, Gardner picked the child up and violently shook him trying to wake him. The child remained unresponsive so Gardner took the boy to the bathroom and held him under the shower. When the child did not regain consciousness, Gardner dropped the child resulting in the child striking his head on the edge of the porcelain tub.

    Gardner went to the mother's bedroom and told her what had happened. The mother immediately called 9-1-1 and the child was taken to a local hospital where he is currently in critical condition with severe head trauma.

    A one year old child inside the residence at the time of the incident was not injured and was removed from the home. The child was temporarily placed into a shelter and until further investigation is completed.

    Gardner was on probation for unrelated charges of armed carjacking and burglary of an unoccupied dwelling. His probation status was revoked. Gardner is currently being held in the Hillsborough County Jail with no bond.
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