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Hernando deputy fired after arrest, charges of child abuse

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Cody Marrone, 21, was fired after arrest Cody Marrone, 21, was fired after arrest

A Hernando County Sheriff's Office detention deputy is off the job after investigators say he burned a 3-year-old in his care with a hair dryer.

Fellow officers arrested Deputy Cody Marrone on Jan. 17 for aggravated child abuse and child neglect. Sheriff Al Nienhuis fired the deputy on Wednesday.

"I completely understand the public's anger and frustration regarding this case. I have three daughters myself and cannot fathom how this could occur or what the child's family must be feeling. It would be a huge understatement to say that I, too, am angry and frustrated over these events," said Nienhuis. "It is especially frustrating when one of our employees does something like this, because I know that before we even consider a person for employment, we do a background that is very difficult to pass."

Investigators say Marrone became upset with the child because he wouldn't let him sleep. According to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report deputies were dispatched to Spring Hill Regional Hospital at approximately 4:30 p.m. that day to investigate injuries suffered by a young boy brought to the facility. The child suffered severe burns to several parts of his body including his genitalia.

Marrone initially told investigators that the child injured himself with a hair dryer while in his care. However, after he was read his Miranda Rights, the suspect admitted to causing the injuries to the child.

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