A Florida man was in jail without bail on Saturday after authorities said he threw a 2-month-old boy at his waist after chasing a wild vehicle near Vero Beach.
The deputy arrested the boy, who was not injured, the Indian River County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. John Henry James III eventually perished in the local jail on a number of charges, including battery at the police station and child abuse, according to inmate records.
One of the allegations, a heavy battery for a pregnant woman, means her bail has been canceled, records show.
The local public protector did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Gifford public hearing took place on the evening of May 26, but the sheriff's office released the details and edited the video on Friday.
The chase began when the deputy tried to stop the suspect "for failing to keep track," the office said. It took about 40 minutes and James was driving a white Nissan SUV that crashed into an unmarked police car, according to authorities.
The situation was so bad that law enforcement officers left the area and followed the suspect in a helicopter, the sheriff's office said.
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James drove to an apartment complex, stopped and tried to run away, according to the agency. Deputies followed and chased him on foot, the office said. That's when he allegedly tossed the baby.
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James drove into the apartment, stopped and tried to flee, according to the agency. The deputies followed him and chased him on foot, the office said. That's when he allegedly threw the baby.
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"He kicked the deputies and struggled as they were loaded into the back of the deputy cruiser," the sheriff's office said.
The suspect was taken to hospital after complaining of asthma attacks and was released from prison on June 1, according to officials.