In Fort Myers, Florida, authorities with the Florida Department of Children and Families are investigating the circumstances around a baby’s head injury. The Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Office arrested James Joseph Tolentino, age 22, after it was reported that he bashed the head of a 6 week old against a car seat when the boy was crying. The criminal charges include aggravated child abuse and child neglect causing great harm. The baby was airlifted to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg for evaluation and treatment
Parents, of all ages and financial background, often times have short tempers. While Florida requires a driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle in the State of Florida, there is no such requirement to be a parent. While I am not suggesting that there be a system in place to license parents, it would probably be in the best interest of many parents and families to have parents go through classes, courses, and seminars as to how to properly care for an infant, a toddler, a child, and a teenager. There are just too many incidents like the one reported here where a child was senselessly injured by a parent with a short temper, poor judgment, and absolutely no common sense. You can read about injured Fort Myers child at Fort Myers Head Injury to Baby Is Now Being Investigated by the Department of Children and Families.