A Florida man left alone with his girlfriend's baby for 15 minutes while she shopped in Target is facing accusations that he shook the baby so hard that the 11-month-old suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Anderson Jordan Strickland was arrested Monday night on suspicion of aggravated child abuse.
The child's mother told authorities that the baby became unresponsive and appeared to be "stuck in a dream" last month shortly after she left the child alone with Strickland while she and a niece went to Target, the Palm Beach Post reported. When the baby's arm started shaking, she took the child to the hospital.
The baby suffered a blood clot in the brain, as well as bruising to her forehead, upper and lower back and lower chin, according to doctors.
The injuries were deemed consistent with someone "severely grabbing and shaking" the child or blunt force trauma, according to a police affidavit obtained by the Post. The affidavit says the woman told detectives she believed her boyfriend of several months had "done something" to the child.
Strickland, 31, was released from Palm Beach County Jail after posting $10,000 bond. It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.