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Toddler in Tampa abuse case dies

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 04:08 PM

Christian Love, the 2-year-old boy at the center of an abuse case in Tampa, died today at Tampa General Hospital, police said.

His mother, Candace Mitchell, 5502 North 43rd St., Apt. 206, was charged Monday with aggravated child abuse for failing to seek medical attention for the child in a timely manner.

The 2-year-old was airlifted Friday to Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries.

Messiah Love, Christian's father, said he heard Sunday that his son suffered a blow to the head.

Mitchell told police she left the toddler with her boyfriend for a few minutes and the child fell off a couch. Police said Mitchell waited about five hours after her son was hurt to seek medical attention.

Mitchell, 24, is being held at a Hillsborough County Jail with bail set at $50,000.

Detectives are investigating the case as a homicide.

The investigation is ongoing.

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