Melbourne man threw baby causing brain damage, blindness, police say

Cristian Cubillos charged with aggravated child abuse

Cristian Cubillos
Cristian Cubillos (WKMG 2021)

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A Melbourne man admitted to becoming frustrated and throwing a 4-month-old baby to the ground causing severe injuries, according to Melbourne police.

Cristian Cubillos, 30, was caring for the infant on Tuesday when the child became lethargic and inactive, according to the report. Cubillos called the child’s mother, who was at work, saying he was concerned, police said. The two took the child to Holmes Regional Medical Center where medical staff told police his behavior was consistent with a traumatic head injury.

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A brain scan showed the child had a brain compression, brain hemorrhage and a depressed fracture to the back of his head. Due to the severity of his injuries, the baby was flown to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando. Hospital staff at Holmes reported their suspicions about abuse to Melbourne police.

Cubillos initially told detectives the baby was taking a nap and hit his head when he rolled over, according to the report. After being confronted with the child’s injuries Cubillos told police he was attempting to console the baby because he was crying and he became frustrated. He then “violently threw” the baby down onto the living room floor causing him to hit the back of his head. After he hit the floor the child became lethargic, Cubillos told police.

The child remains at Arnold Palmer Hospital where medical staff says he may suffer from permanent blindness and other neurological issues as the result of his injury.

Cubillos is charged with aggravated child abuse as aggravated assault.

Cayla Maldonado, a family friend, has started a GoFundMe for the 4-month-old and his mother who is staying in Orlando while he is at Arnold Palmer.

According to the GoFundMe, Elliott is intubated and undergoing constant monitoring. He has multiple brain bleeds causing him to go blind and its unclear if he will regain his eye site. He is also suffering from seizures and cannot move his left hand or arm.

“It’s unknown how the damage will affect his brain/quality of life going forward,” Maldonado wrote.


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