Police: Father Left Toddler Brain Dead

HOMESTEAD (CBS4) –  In Homestead,  police arrested a  father of nine accusing him of injuring his two-year-old son so badly the child may not survive.

Angel Luis Villegas, 29, faces aggravated child abuse and attempted second-degree murder charges.

“There’s a very strong chance that this child does not survive the weekend,” said a prosecutor speaking in bond court Friday morning.

An arrest affidavit shows the child lived at a home on Southwest 4th Street and 4th Avenue in Homestead with his father, stepmother and eight siblings.

According to the report, the toddler had been sick for several days, vomiting after every meal.

During dinner, Tuesday night, Villegas reportedly got frustrated when the toddler threw up again.

Villegas threw the baby on the bed, according to investigators, causing him to hit his head on the wall.

The next morning the baby was found unresponsive.

In court, prosecutors said the child was brain dead.

A judge set bond for Villegas at $110,000.  If he does bond out, Villegas must wear a GPS monitoring device.

No one was home at Villegas’ address Friday.  When reached by phone a relative had no comment.

Neighbors say they’re disturbed by the charges.

Sandra Perez-Delgado lives near Villegas.  “That’s really sad and I’m sorry to hear about what happened to the baby,” she said.

Villegas’ other children are in DCF care.


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