By Sharon Aron Baron
A Parkland man was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect with great bodily harm to a one-month-old baby.
Gregory Michael Santoro, 24, was arrested at the 7800 block of NW 60th Lane after a warrant was confirmed after an investigatory traffic stop.
According to court documents, the incident leading to Santoro’s arrest occurred on July 10, 2022, when the baby was brought to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood with a traumatic brain injury, a fracture to the right humerus, a fracture to the left elbow, and multiple rib fractures.
During an investigation by Pembroke Pines Police, the baby’s mother, who lived with Santoro, provided information about the events leading up to the baby’s hospitalization. She explained that on July 7, the baby was taken to the hospital after a breathing incident where he was found unresponsive and blue. He was discharged the next day in good health.
The mother and Santoro smoked marijuana the night of July 8 after putting the baby to sleep. The following day, the mother noticed that the baby was not moving his right arm normally, had bruising under his nose, and his cry was different.
The mother also said in court documents that Santoro was responsible for feeding and changing the baby’s diapers that night and that she was unaware of how the baby sustained the injuries.
Santoro, when questioned by police, claimed that he believed the baby was hurt during his transfer from Memorial Hospital Miramar to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. He also denied ever hurting the baby and did not observe anyone else doing so.
According to the State Attorney’s office, there was probable cause to believe Santoro did commit aggravated battery and knowingly and willfully abused the victim. He failed to provide the victim with the care, supervision, and services necessary for his physical and mental health and willfully or, by culpable negligence, neglected the victim. In doing so, causing great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement to him.
According to court records, in 2019, Santoro was arrested for felony domestic battery by strangulation and misdemeanor touch or strike/battery/domestic violence. In 2020 he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. In both instances, it was to a relative in the household.
On January 21, Santoro was arrested and transported to the BSO Main jail without further incident. He was released on a $100,000 bond for each charge.
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- Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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