Victor James Jadoo, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida paramedic, was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly shook his 4-month-old son, news sources report. The child had to be air-rushed to a nearby hospital following the alleged attack. Jadoo, 35, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on two counts of aggravated child abuse and one count of child neglect. He was later released on a $16,500 bail bond amount. It is unclear whether he has hired a defense attorney.
Jadoo is a registered pediatric paramedic in South Florida, sources say. He reportedly worked in the pediatric unit at the West Boca Medical Center until the hospital terminated his employment in November 2012 for unspecified reasons. Three months prior to this latest incident, Jadoo discovered a fracture to his son’s rib cage and took him to the West Boca Medical Center, reports say. It is currently unclear how the child sustained the fracture; physicians never reported the fracture as abuse.
According to reports, this latest incident occurred in July 2012. Paramedics received a call about a convulsing baby at Jadoo’s home and, upon arrival, found that the infant was suffering from a seizure. The child had to be air-rushed to a nearby hospital, where the pediatric staff found the infant was suffering from a skull fracture, severe bleeding in his eyes and head, and swelling in his brain, reports say.
Jadoo told detectives that the injuries showed up after his two-year-old daughter threw a plastic toy at the infant. Doctors, however, determined the injuries were too extensive for a two-year-old to have inflicted. Instead, the physicians said the injuries were consistent with those of an infant who had been subjected to violent shaking. Jadoo turned himself over to the police on Tuesday, though it is unclear whether he admitted to shaking or otherwise abusing the infant.
Jadoo was not the only Broward County man to be jailed for child abuse recently. Edward Joseph Hoover of Oakland Park was arrested this past week after he allegedly whipped his two children with a cable, news sources report. Hoover, 33, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on five counts of child cruelty. He is also being held on charges of burglary and drug possession from an unrelated case. His bail was set at $50,000 on the charges of child cruelty. It is unclear whether he has hired legal representation.
According to reports, Hoover regularly beat his 10-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son whenever they misbehaved or pestered him. The 11-year-old reportedly claims Hoover once used a belt to whip his legs and back, and, on another occasions, punched him in the leg and back. Both children allege that that their father would beat on them whenever he was in a bad mood. Taking too long to get ice or shower would also provoke a beating, the children claim.
This latest incident occurred on January 8 when Hoover allegedly used a cable to whip both of the children in the back. It is unclear what provoked that alleged whipping or whether the children sustained any major injuries. It is also unclear who reported the abuse to the authorities.