On Dec. 18, the parents of an infant under 6 months old took their child to a pediatrician when the infant turned pale and began throwing up after being picked up from Shepherd Day Care, 208 Terrace Drive in Brandon. The infant was in the sole care of 20-year-old Sarah Loria at the daycare. The doctor initially diagnosed the infant with a stomach virus.
On Dec. 20 while Loria was again caring for the baby, the child became unresponsive. Loria contacted the infant’s parents, who transported the baby to a local hospital. After an evaluation, it was confirmed that the infant suffered from shaken baby syndrome during both incidents.
On Friday, detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested Loria and transported her to the Orient Road Jail without incident.
“To inflict pain on a defenseless baby is a despicable crime, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office does not take acts of child abuse lightly,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “If you’re in the care of a child and unable to manage the pressure or responsibility that comes with that role, I’m begging you to reach out to someone for help. Taking your frustrations out on a child is never acceptable.”