DAYTONA BEACH -- A 23-year-old man who told police he repeatedly dropped his 2-month-old son was charged with child neglect, police said Wednesday.
Bruce Benford gave police several conflicting accounts of why the baby had broken ribs, a broken upper arm bone and a hemorrhaging eye, and none of the stories matched the assessments of doctors at the hospital, police said. He was charged Tuesday.
The child was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center over the weekend after he again fell when his mother was bathing him in a sink, police said. When the mother -- whose name was not released -- was dressing the baby, she noticed his left arm was limp, police said.
When detectives interviewed Benford, he told them he had dropped the baby at least three times on separate occasions.
In one incident, Benford was apparently trying to save an entertainment center from toppling over. The entertainment center never hit the floor, but the baby did, police said, and broke his arm. Another time the baby was dropped, the boy struck a coffee table, police said..
Benford was being held Wednesday at the Volusia County Branch Jail on $7,500 bail..