KISSIMMEE, Fla. —A Kissimmee man was arrested on attempted murder charges after police said he threw a 2-year-old from a second-story motel balcony.
Police said they were called to the Budget Inn on East Vine Street in Kissimmee just after midnight Tuesday morning because a man and a toddler were lying on the ground in the parking lot.
"I have a baby and a young man that have landed on the ground, and they're out," said a 911 caller. "I just pulled up in the parking lot and I saw them lying there unconscious."
According to Kissimmee Police Department investigators, 41-year-old Juan Pablo Maradiaga threw the boy from the 12-foot second story balcony and then jumped.
When officers arrived, the child was conscious and breathing, but his face was covered in blood. Maradiaga was bleeding severely from his leg and a portion of his bone was exposed. According to the arrest affidavit, he smelled of alcohol.
The child was flown to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando with a fractured right arm, fractured right orbital, abrasions on his abdomen and a large bump on his head. He was in critical but stable condition and is expected to recover.
Maradiaga was flown to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical but stable condition.
According to the arrest affidavit, detectives reviewed surveillance video that showed Maradiaga walking out of the room and throwing the baby over the railing. The baby was thrown 25 feet forward before hitting the ground. Seconds later, Maradiaga leaned over the railing and jumped.
Police said Maradiaga admitted being frustrated with the child and throwing him over the balcony.
The Department of Children and Families has been contacted about the case. The child's mother told them she usually leaves the child with a babysitter when she goes to work, but she said Maradiaga wanted to watch him Monday night.
She said she got a call from Maradiaga saying he was frustrated and he needed her to come home from work, but she was unable to. Thirty minutes after that call, he threw the child off the balcony.
DCF spokeswoman Carrie Proudfit said DCF has not had prior contact with the victim and have not made changes in custody, however, the 2-year-old will remain in the hospital while the investigation continues and DCF investigates if there are any other children in the home.
As soon as Maradiaga is discharged from the hospital, he will be taken to jail.
Court records show he was investigated three times in 2010 for possible domestic violence.http://www.wesh.com/news/central-flo...ml?source=wesh