Callahan man arrested on charge of aggravated child abuse
The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 27-year-old Callahan man on Wednesday and charged him with aggravated child abuse.
On June 23, 2018, Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville notified the NCSO about a 6-year-old child with life-threatening injuries that occurred at a house in Callahan. Doctors had determined the child needed immediate surgery to save his life.
Due to inconsistencies in the stories from the mother and her boyfriend about how the child's injuries occurred, hospital officials contacted NCSO, the Department of Children and Families and the First Coast Child Protection Team, according to an email from Sheriff Bill Leeper.
As a result of NCSO’s investigation, as well as investigations by DCF and the First Coast Child Protection Team, Michael Devon Shiver, 27, from Callahan was arrested on a charge of aggravated child abuse.
Leeper wrote that investigators from the NCSO interviewed the mother and Shiver, who were the only adults at the home when the injuries occurred. Each gave similar accounts during separate interviews, saying that the child had fallen and struck his head, according to Leeper, but the mother reportedly did not actually see the incident.
The severe head injury to the child was described by doctors as being consistent with being punched in the face and then having his head shaken. He also had bruises all over his body including his face, ear, pelvis, abdomen, back, thighs, buttocks, and shoulders. The child also had an injury to his eye and a lacerated liver, according to Leeper.
Leeper wrote that the NCSO investigators determined that the child had been punished by the suspect because he was apparently misbehaving.