Vero Beach, Indian River County
Deputy Jacob Curby told CNN affiliate WPEC the suspect — who law enforcement identified as John Henry James III — left his car carrying his baby after the pursuit the evening of May 26 and “just turned around, no regard, not a little toss” and “overhand threw this two-month-old at me from about six feet away.”
After tossing the baby, James tried to get away and struggled with other deputies who eventually tackled him to the ground, the statement said.
In addition to two felony counts of aggravated child abuse, James faces counts of aggravated battery of an officer/firefighter/EMT, felony flee and elude, reckless driving and resisting arrest with violence, according to the booking information on the sheriff’s office website.
James also faces an as of yet unexplained charge of aggravated battery on a pregnant woman.
Deputy Jacob Curby made a clean two handed catch.