Lakeland man charged with attempted homicide of baby

7:05 PM, Mar 8, 2010   |    comments
Ryan Joe Clarke
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Lakeland, Florida -- Police have arrested the stepfather of an 8-month-old baby who was taken to the hospital over the weekend, charging him with attempted murder and child abuse. 

Officials say the baby boy's legal guardian is the child's grandmother, Bridgit Ward.  She had left the baby in the custody of the stepfather, 29-year-old Ryan Joe Clarke, while she went to work on Saturday.

When Ward returned home, she discovered the baby was not breathing.  The infant was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital, where he remains in critical condition with life threatening injuries.

Lakeland Police say an investigation found Clarke intentionally inflicted injuries on the infant while the baby was in his care.  Clarke was taken into custody Monday afternoon, where he has been charged with attempted felony murder and aggravated child abuse.

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