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VIDEO: Fleeing Man Throws 2-Month-Old Baby At Deputy

Vero Beach, FL – A Florida man has been charged with felony child abuse after he threw a two-month-old baby at an Indian River County sheriff’s deputy after fleeing a traffic stop (video below).

The incident occurred on May 26 on State Road 60 in Vero Beach when a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle that was weaving in and out of its lane, WTVT reported.

The driver of the vehicle – later identified as 32-year-old John Henry James III – refused to pull over and tried to flee.

James led law enforcement officers on a lengthy chase that was captured on dashcam and helicopter videos, WTVT reported.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office said in a post to its official Facebook page on June 4 that James dodged roadblocks and one stop-stick deployment, and hit the end of a detective’s vehicle, during the chase.

Dashcam video released by the sheriff’s department showed James ran over another set of stop-sticks that were deployed, but they failed to disable his vehicle.

The video showed supervisors told the deputies to stop the pursuit after it crossed into a residential area of Gifford, but the sheriff’s department continued to monitor James from a distance and put a helicopter up to follow him, WTVT reported.

James drove into the Taylor Pointe Apartments about 40 minutes after the initial attempt at a traffic stop, and deputies were finally able to box him in in the parking lot.

But the suspect was not to be deterred by that, WTVT reported.

As deputies closed in on James, a woman in the parking lot yelled out to them “he’s got a baby, y’all.”

Deputies had no idea that there was a baby in the suspect’s vehicle when they initiated the pursuit.

James jumped out of his vehicle with a two-month-old baby that had been in his car throughout the chase.

Officials said James threw the infant at a deputy and attempted to flee the scene on foot, WTVT reported.

The deputy caught the baby in mid-air and was able to take the child to safety.

Deputies had no idea that there was a baby in the suspect’s vehicle when they initiated the pursuit.

Video from the police helicopter showed that the deputy holding the baby stepped away from the melee as other deputies took James to the ground and ultimately arrested him.

James struggled and bit the deputies as he continued to resist arrest, WTVT reported.

“He kicked and bit at deputies and struggled when being loaded into the back of a deputy’s cruiser,” the sheriff’s department posted. “Once in the car, he complained he could not breathe and told the deputy he has asthma.”

James was transported to the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Medical Center and treated for a pre-existing condition before he was booked into the Indian River County Jail on June 1, according to the post.

He has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated child abuse and multiple counts each of aggravated battery on an officer/firefighter/EMT, battery on the same, reckless driving, and resisting arrest with violence.

“You can’t throw a baby at us and expect us to treat you with kid gloves,” Indian River County Sheriff Eric Flowers said.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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