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Florida Man Throws Baby At Officers After High Speed Car Chase

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A Florida man tossed a 2-month-old baby at a sheriff’s deputy after a high-speed chase.

36-year-old John Henry James III is facing multiple charges including that of aggravated child abuse post a 40-minute high-speed car chase on May 26 when he tried to run away with a baby despite a warning from an Indian River County Sheriff.

“You can’t throw a baby at us and expect us to treat you with kid gloves,” Sheriff Eric Flowers said in a news release posted to Facebook on Friday.

The sheriff also uploaded a helicopter video of the chase to go with his post, and although it does not include footage of James tossing the baby, it does capture perfectly the car chase.

Detective Jacob Curby who caught the baby after James tossed said he hadn’t seen something so disturbing. Addressing the media he told, “I’ve seen some crazy stuff but this is definitely up there. It wasn’t a nice underhand handoff from a foot away, it was a throw.”

“I couldn’t chase him, I couldn’t tackle him, not a whole lot I can do because he had the baby,” he added. “He just turned around, no regard, not a little toss or anything, he just turned around, overhand threw this 2-month-old at me from about 6 feet away.”

It’s not clear why James was being pursued by the police. But before the capture, James was ordered to pull over in Vero Beach. He refused and sped off in a white SUV. Eventually, as James got off the car, he entered an apartment building where the deputies followed him. They blocked to the entrance to the building and after a long struggle, James was finally detained.