UPDATE: Man falsely accused girlfriend of throwing baby on tile floor

Northwest Florida

MILTON, Fla. (WKRG) — UPDATE (3:27 p.m. 8/12/20): The State Attorney’s Office is not prosecuting a Milton woman accused of throwing a baby on a tile floor and is now prosecuting her boyfriend, Shawn McDonald, for making a false police report.

The State Attorney’s Office said McDonald gave false information to a law enforcement officer alleging the commission of a crime. On July 31, McDonald submitted an affadavit to the State Attorney’s Office stating that Heidi Burchinal did not throw the child on the tile floor nor did she commit any act of physical harm against the child.

On the night of the allegation, EMS examined the child and saw no symptoms of any physical abuse. The child was also examined at Sacred Heart and there were no signs of abuse.

Original story

A Milton woman accused of throwing a baby on tile flooring has been arrested.

Heidi Burchinal, 26, was charged with child cruelty without great bodily harm.

A Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report says Burchinal and her boyfriend were drinking alcohol Monday night. Deputies were dispatched to a disturbance around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Burchinal’s boyfriend told deputies the baby woke up crying, so he fed her. The man told deputies Burchinal woke up and started acting “crazy,” the report said.

Burchinal is accused in the report of picking up the baby, saying “I can’t take this anymore,” referring to the baby girl’s crying, and then throwing her on the floor.

Deputies say Burchinal appeared intoxicated when they arrived.

Burchinal was booked into the Santa Rosa County jail early Tuesday morning.

Deputies said the baby did not appear to have any physical injuries.


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