Police: Father threw infant over fence, fled without pants

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Police say they found the man naked, sitting on a garbage can. (KTRK)

The father of a 4-month-old boy was arrested after investigators say he threw his infant son over a fence in Winter Springs, Florida.

Police say the incident began Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of the man's apartment complex.

Officers said residents called 911 to report the man was carrying his baby, screaming for help.

When police arrived, they said they found 31-year-old Richard Charlie Harris naked, sitting on a garbage can in the residential neighborhood behind the apartments.

They said his baby was missing.

Investigators asked neighbor Michele Reaves if they could search her property for the child.

Reaves says an officer jumped over the fence, and found the 4-month-old laying face-down in a pile of leaves.

"He picked up the baby, he was patting him on the back," she said. "I recognized the baby. There was a couple who would usually walk down the road with their dog and their baby."

Reaves said she spent the night Thursday with the baby's mother at the hospital while doctors examined the child for any injuries.

Luckily, police say he suffered only scrapes and bruises.

Harris was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse, and was denied bond by a Seminole County judge on Friday.

WKMG reports that investigators said because Harris has a long criminal history, he could spend a long time in prison if he's convicted.
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