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Manatee baby breaks collarbone, father arrested

MANATEE — Authorities arrested the father of a 3-month-old baby who suffered a broken collarbone, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

When the baby son of Danilo Rivas-Melendez, 31, was brought to the hospital by the child’s mother, doctors found the broken bone. Rivas-Melendez told investigators he had been sleeping in the bed with his son, and said the baby must have rolled off the bed.

A doctor who examined the child said the baby’s injuries could be consistent with a fall, but the child was too young to have rolled off a bed himself. Rivas-Melendez also took two drug tests, the first of which he tested positive for cocaine, and on the second for Ecstasy.

Detectives arrested Rivas-Melendez on a charge of child neglect. He was being held in the Manatee County jail without bond.