Toddler's heart bruised from beating by mother's boyfriend

Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 8:21 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 1:09 p.m.

A Wildwood man told police the reason he beat an 18-month-old girl so hard that her heart was bruised was because he had been thinking about his life and it hurt him.

Michael Devante Williams, 18, also told Gainesville Police Department investigators that he attacked his girlfriend's daughter in the middle of the night earlier this month because he "wanted someone else to hurt as much as I hurt," according to a GPD report.

The little girl's mother took her to the doctor Tuesday because the child had large bruises on her face and chest, as well as bruises on her legs and feet. Doctors at Shands at the University of Florida later found the bruise on her heart as well as a bruise on one lung and a broken rib. The inside of the girl's lips were split and bloody and her liver had been lacerated.

Officer Lorraine Fair said the incident occurred Jan. 19 around 12:30 a.m. in southwest Gainesville.

Williams was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse, according to GPD.

Fair noted that Williams is about 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs approximately 185 pounds, while the victim is 32 inches tall and weighs less than 23 pounds. He was being held at the Alachua County jail.

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