Drunk father throws his child off motel balcony because he was frustratedBy Mason White 11:56 AM January 21, 2014
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By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) A father threw his little child off from a motel balcony because he was frustrated, according to police reports in Florida.
Kissimmee Police said that they arrested a man on Tuesday, after being accused of attempted murder for allegedly throwing his 2-year-old off a motel balcony on the second floor.
The incident occurred at Budget Inn on East Vine Street just after 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Rescue workers were called on a report of a man and a child lying on the ground in the parking lot.
“I just pulled into the parking lot and I saw them lying there unconscious,” a witness at the scene said.
41-year-old Juan Pablo Maradiaga threw the child off the 12-foot second-floor balcony. The man then jumped off the balcony as well.
When officers arrived, the boy was conscious and breathing, but his face was covered in blood. Maradiaga was severely bleeding from his leg. The suspect was drunk.
The child suffered numerous injuries. He was in critical but stable condition, and is expected to recover.
Maradiaga was flown to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
According to the initial investigation, the father called the child’s mother to come and take care of him, and after she refused, the baby was thrown 25 feet forward before hitting the ground. Seconds later, Maradiaga leaned over the railing and jumped.
Court records show that he was investigated three times in 2010, for possible domestic violence.