Ocala, FL (The Weekly Vice) - Carron Washington, a 20-year-old Florida man, was jailed Sunday after he allegedly poured bleach into his baby daughter's bottle, then fed her with it.
According to Ocala Police, officers were dispatched to a local hospital after a hospital employee called to report that a 2-month-old baby had ingested bleach, and the child's parents didn't offer a reasonable explanation for how it happened.
Investigators say the child was transported to the hospital after the child's mother went to check on the baby girl and discovered that she was spitting up a clear liquid that smelled like bleach.
Hospital staff treated the child while an employee called 911.
"You smell the baby bottle and it smells like complete bleach," stated the employee during the 911 call. "The parents aren't giving us a good story about how it got in there."
During questioning, Washington broke down crying and admitted to placing bleach in the child's bottle.
Washington, who said he was studying to be a doctor, stated that he fed the baby bleach after a friend from school suggested it and stated that she had used it before to treat her child.
Washington went on to say that he was trying to help the infant and that his actions, as misguided as they were, were meant in love.
"I mean, if I can love anyone as much as God loves us... that's pretty much how much I love her," said Washington during a brief chat with press members during his initial court appearance. "It's probably the dumbest decision I've made in my life."
The couple's daughter, identified as 'Cadlynn,' reportedly suffers with breathing problems and was born with a detached esophagus that required surgery. The child is now listed in stable condition at Shands at the University of Florida.
Washington was booked into the Marion County Jail and charged with aggravated child abuse.
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