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Pasco man charged with biting infant

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Derek Austin Shea Derek Austin Shea
NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) -

Pasco County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man who they say admitted biting an infant on the face.

24-year old Derek Austin Shea faces a single charge of child abuse. According to the arrest report, Shea "intentionally and maliciously bit the two-month-old victim on the left side of her face leaving a bruise."

They arrested Shea on Friday at a home on Hunting Creek Loop in New Port Richey.

The arrest report says Shea admitted to a child protective investigator he bit the baby because he was stressed from having to care for the child.

It says the defendant told the child's mother he bit the infant two other times since her birth.

Detective say during and interview, Shea told them "I bit her. There's no reason for it. No explanation."

The arrest report did not reveal his relationship to the child nor her mother.

Deputies released Shea from the Pasco County Jail after he posted a $5,000 bond.

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