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Mesa man accused of abusing 5-month-old daughter

MESA, Ariz. -- A Mesa man is being held after his 5-month-old daughter was found to have skull fractures.

KTVK-TV reported Wednesday that 30-year-old Jeromy Lee Gilfillan is facing two counts of child abuse.

According to court documents, the girl's mother came home from work Sunday and noticed one side of the baby's head was swollen.

Gilfillan then allegedly told the woman not to call 911.

The woman took her daughter to the hospital, where doctors discovered the fractures.

Police say Gilfillan, who was caring for the baby and her 2-year-old brother, admitted to unintentionally lifting the girl into the air when a ceiling fan struck her.

According to court records, the baby also hit her head when Gilfillan failed to provide any support while changing her diaper on a hardwood floor.


Information from: KTVK-TV,

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