Parents Face Charges in Connection with Infant’s Death, Father Charged with Aggravated Manslaughter
UPDATE: 1:37 P.M. – The sheriff’s Office released the following Statement:
On 06-04-17 at 11:45 a.m., Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 6455 Treehaven Drive in Spring Hill regarding a one-month old infant who was not conscious and not breathing.
Upon arrival, deputies noted the infant had bruising along the right side of his face, by his eye, and both eyes had blood in the sclera (the white portion of the eye). The child was immediately transported to Bayfront Health Spring Hill by Hernando County Fire Rescue.
The infant received care at Bayfront Health Spring Hill and was then transported to All Children’s Hospital in Tampa. Physicians reported blood on the infant’s brain and a considerable amount of brain swelling. The infant was in grave condition.
Detectives interviewed the parents, Justine Vansant and Jesse Abney, at the hospital. The parents advised they went out for food earlier in the morning with the infant. When they got home, they put the infant in his crib. The parents then went to take a shower together. After the shower, they attempted to feed the infant. This is when they advised detectives they noticed he was limp and not breathing.
Detectives interviewed Joe Moore (Vansant’s uncle) who also lives in the home. Moore advised the couple did enter the shower together, but Abney got out of the Shower before Vansant. Abney made a bottle for the infant and went back into the bedroom. A short time later Vansant got out of the shower and went into the bedroom and started screaming that the baby was not breathing.
A search of the bedroom revealed a green leafy substance on the nightstand and sprinkled all over Vansant and Abney’s bed. In a drawer of the nightstand, deputies located several pills, empty baggies, a glass pipe, and rolling papers. The leafy substance tested positive for the presence of THC.
Detectives received word that Carson Abney died on 06-09-17 at 1:14 p.m. at All Children’s Hospital.
The autopsy report on Carson Abney revealed blunt force head trauma and several rib fractures.
Due to the extensive injuries, the death was ruled a homicide.
During the course of the ensuing investigation, evidence was obtained that showed Jesse Abney was responsible for the death of Carson Abney.
SPRING HILL – The Sheriff’s Office has arrested two people in connection with the death of a one-month old infant, after the child died earlier this year from what sources say were severe traumatic injuries.
The child was rushed to the hospital on June 4th, after suffering injuries to the head and abdomen. The child died on June 9th from his injuries.
The child’s parents, 19-year-old Justine Lynn Vansant and 21-year-old Jesse James Abney were arrested early this morning at their residence on Sarasota Street. Vansant is charged with Child Neglect with Great Bodily Harm and Abney is charged with Aggravated Manslaughter.
The sheriff’s Office has not released a statement at this time.
June, 21st, 2017
SPRING HILL – The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a homicide investigation into the death of a one-month old infant that occurred earlier this month.
On June 4th, Fire Rescue responded to 6455 Treehaven Drive, after receiving reports that an infant was not conscious or breathing. According to sources, the child was transported to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, where he was listed in critical condition. Sadly, the child passed away on June 9th from what unconfirmed reports suggest were traumatic injuries to the head and abdomen.
The Sheriff’s Office could not comment on the case due to the ongoing investigation.
The victim’s parents, Jesse Abney and Justine Vansant could not be reached for comment.
We will bring more on this story as it develops.
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