A 27-year-old man was arrested for aggravated child abuse after he broke his 7-year-old daughter’s left collarbone in an altercation over her snacks, Miami Police said in an arrest affidavit.
The daughter sustained the broken bone while in the care of Leonard Jones, 27, at his home at 6230 NW 14th Ave. on Oct. 13, police said in the affidavit.
“The victim stated that her father became enraged because he was eating her snacks and she asked him not to do so,” the affidavit said. “The defendant then picked her up from the floor and threw her on a chair.”
When she complained of severe pain, Jones returned her to her mother, who took the child to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, according to the affidavit. A doctor there said that in his professional medical opinion, “This case represents severe child physical abuse,” the affidavit said.
Jones was arrested on Tuesday, the affidavit said. After being read his Miranda rights, Jones said that he struck his daughter with an open hand after she was disrespectful to him, according to the affidavit.
Jones said in court on Wednesday that he makes $350 a week as a forklift driver and asked the court to appoint a public defender to represent him, so Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beth Bloom appointed the public defender's office for him.
Bloom set Jones' bond at $50,000, and ordered him not to have any contact with his daughter.