Crime

Manatee man charged with breaking toddler's arm

MANATEE - A 24-year-old man was in jail on a child abuse charge after he picked he picked up a 19-month-old girl by her left arm, breaking her elbow, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Robert A. Carvalho of the 5700 block of 12th Street East told deputies he was watching his live-in girlfriend's daughter Thursday, and when he became "frustrated," he became "rough" with her. He picked her up by the arm with enough force, that it broke her bones, according to a report.

Deputies began investigating after a friend called the girl's mother at work at about 9:45 p.m. to report that something was wrong with her daughter, according to the sheriff's office. The friend took the girl to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment.; Carvalho did not go to the emergency room, according to the report.

Carvalho was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail on a charge of aggravated child abuse.

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