Hernando man accused of fracturing infant's leg
A Hernando man is facing an aggravated child abuse charge after he allegedly fractured the femur of a 4-week-old boy during a diaper change.
Arrested on Monday was Paul Anthony Lajeunesse, 20.
According to the arrest report, Lajeunesse is said to have yanked the baby's right leg, causing a femur fracture.
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office was alerted on Dec. 12 of the injury to the infant. members of the Department of Children and Families in Alachua County and Citrus County assisted the CCSO with this investigation.
The child's maternal grandmother, who cares for the infant while the mom attends school, told investigators that she feeds the infant, and that Lajeunesse would change the child's diaper afterward. The routine was day and night, as Lajeunesse does not work, the arrest report said.
She also said Lajeunesse has gotten upset at having to change the diaper, and that she had given him instructions of how to properly handle the infant during diaper changes. She said that she had felt Lajeunesse was holding the baby's legs up way too high.
The baby did not cry when she changed the diaper, the grandmother said, but does when Lajeunesse changes the infant.
On Dec. 11, at about 4:45 p.m., the grandmother asked Lajeunesse to change the infant's diaper while he was playing an X-box game and he became upset at the interruption, the arrest report said.
Lajeunesse told a DCF investigator that he went into his room and placed the infant on his bed. He said that, when lifting the infant's legs up to change the diaper, that he heard a "pop", and saw the infant's right leg go limp.
The child was taken to a local doctor for exam and X-rays, which showed the infant's leg had been fractured and the child underwent treatment. The child was released from the hospital on Dec. 13, after undergoing surgery and with a waist cast.
On Sunday at about 9 a.m., Lajeunesse was questioned. He said he did not mean to break the child's leg. He said he was angry for the interruption of his X-box game, and yanked up on the right leg of the child roughly, which led to the injury, the arrest report said.
After questioning, Lajeunesse was arrested and taken to the Citrus County jail. He was charged with one count of aggravated child abuse.