Polk man arrested in child's beating death - FOX 13 News

Polk man arrested in child's beating death

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AUBURNDALE (FOX 13) -

A Polk County man is under arrest, charged with beating his 11-month-old stepson to death.

It happened Saturday at a home in Auburndale.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the baby's mother left him in the care of her husband, 25-year-old Edwin Cruz Vargas, for an hour while she went to an appointment.

During that time, investigators say Vargas shook him and hit him on the back. When the child became unresponsive, investigators say Vargas hit him some more to try to "wake" him.

The medical examiner ruled the child died from numerous injuries that occurred from blunt force trauma.

Vargas was booked into the Polk County Jail. He is charged with one count of aggravated child abuse and one count of negligent manslaughter in the death of a child.

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