A man from Florida threw a 2-month-old baby to the deputy sheriff after he took the police – and the child – with high-speed chase through residential neighborhoods, authorities said.
John Henry III, 36, faces a number of charges, including child abuse, after a 40-minute drive on May 26 when he tried to shake Indian River County Sheriff’s deputies with the child in the car.
“You can’t throw a baby at us and expect us to treat you to baby gloves,” Sheriff Eric Flowers said in a news release posted on Facebook on Friday.
The sheriff’s office posted an edited video with a video camera and helicopter of the chase and James struggling as lawmakers tried to cuff him while a deputy held the baby.
The actual throwing of a baby is not visible in the footage.
Deputy Jacob Curry, who caught the baby after the chase, described the throw as an “emergency”
“I’ve seen some crazy things, but it’s definitely up there,” Kirby told CBS News 12. “It wasn’t a good hand-to-hand show, it was a throw.”
“I couldn’t chase him, I couldn’t handle him, I can’t do much because he gave birth to the baby,” Kirby added.
“He just turned around, not paying attention, not a little throw or anything like that, he just turned around, transferred that bimonthly to me from about 6 feet.”
Around 6:30 p.m., a deputy tried to stop James at Vero Beach, but he accelerated and refused to stop. Video shows him driving his white jeep into a police vehicle, avoiding roadblocks and even running over a set of “stops” that do not deactivate his car.
He accelerated near pedestrians during the chase, urging lawmakers to turn off their sirens and back away as the office helicopter followed him from above.
“There are people down the street down here,” a deputy was heard in the video.
Deputies followed him to a residential complex and blocked the entrance while James abandoned the car and tried to get out on foot, ostensibly with the baby in his arms.
The video shows a woman saying she has a baby.
James fights the cops as they try to hold him and the crowd forms in the parking lot.
The accused was treated in hospital when he complained that he could not breathe, but police said he continued to resist while being put on a stretcher.
He is now being held without a connection and facing charges of a heavy battery of a police officer / firefighter / EMT, reckless driving and resisting arrest.