Florida Dad Shakes Baby to Death for Interrupting Xbox Marathon

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Jacob David Hartley had been a dad for three weeks, but apparently didn't have as much enthusiasm for his newborn son as he did for his Xbox. The 20-year-old Lakeland, Florida, resident stands accused of shaking his son to death after the child started crying while he was in the middle of a video game marathon.

The boy's mother, Amber Newton, told Polk County Sheriff's Deputies that on Thursday Hartley played video games from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. He was interrupted for thirty minutes to hold his crying son, Colton D. Hartley, and allegedly shook him and yelled, "Damn you Colton, please go to [expletive] sleep."

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Newton took the child away from him. Hartley continued playing Xbox until he left to go to work at a Sam's Club.

Hartley returned later that night and continued playing video games until 4 a.m. The baby woke up at about that time, and Hartley held him. Newton says she found her baby bleeding form the mouth and nose. He was taking the hospital and died at 7 a.m. on Friday morning. His death was consistent with being shaken.

Hartley confessed to shaking the baby on Thursday, and one other time in the prior week. He is now being charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child and aggravated child abuse.

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Shannon Baum
Shannon Baum

see i think death is to simple and kind i think that he should be tormented for the rest of his natural born life i think anyone who hurts a child should be because death is to simple your dead no heartbeat nothing to loose no memories just a shell in the ground. what kind of punishment is that to me thats to easy he should have to think about that baby every day and be reminded that he took a childs life and for you fucktards arguing over politics and xbox live grow up seriously you missed the point. Our president sucks and isn't the most popular person on the planet bush was pretty bad to oh well get used to it the next one will be worse. and xbox has nothing to do with racisim or biggotry at all my husband plays every day i would know so seriously gather your facts and stop talking out your asses you make no fucking sence and what on gods great freen earth does racisim and biggotry have to do with the dichole in the article above? JACK SHIT! as said before stay on topic morons

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

HELLO. FUCKING. MORON. BABYS CRY. HOPE YOU GO TO PRISON. BUT HELL IS WAITING For you

seventeensouth
seventeensouth

if it wasnt the xbox it would had been something else this dad was born to fuck up from word get go

Befree
Befree

‎"Shaken baby syndrome" is also a symptom from vaccination. This is a big cover-up because so many innocent fathers have been imprisoned. They would would rather hang a father out to dry than admit there was anything wrong with their big money-maker. http://www.bibliotecapleyades.... This father has not had a trial yet so please let's not be too quick to judge him - Let's get the real killers.

Jason Leyde
Jason Leyde

what the hell? that dude looks like a retard. i hope he gets murdered in prison...

Appleb1ossom
Appleb1ossom

He should meet up with Lorena Bobbitt! She would ensure he never has another kid. Sorry S. O.B. P.O.S.! He should have someone shake him like he did Colton, so he can experience what that child suffered!

C Gainer92
C Gainer92

this is crazy i am a 19 year old single mom to a 2 year old and another baby on the way and i would never do somethin like that he should be charged with murder on a child. He should be sent to prison for ever what is wrong with people these days.

Zweshdeejay
Zweshdeejay

u are a fucken disgrace 2 US gamers........jst pause de blady thng.....dam ass

Dottie Sutherland
Dottie Sutherland

I'm wondering why NO one is discussing the amount of hours spent playing ridiculous video games!  It would probably be fantastic if every electronic device went missing.  I think our culture would immediately correct itself.

Kevia Notyouraveragefemale Sau
Kevia Notyouraveragefemale Sau

i dont think he meant to kill the baby, i remember when i had my son, i was 19 and young. he wouldnt stop crying and at times i WANTED to shake the hell out of him. i had sense to put him in his rocker or bed and walk away for a couple minutes to gather my thoughts. i had no help and i read every book i could find about babies (what to expect when your're expecting, what to expect in the first year) just to be a little more prepared but no one told me that he wouldnt sleep all night long and still have to energy to be up during the day. i had had a c-section and still learned to deal with it. the mother of the child is just as much to blame because she should have said something when he even yelled at the baby let alone shook him. they both should have used protection if they were not readfy to deal with all that comes along with having kids.

Kevia Notyouraveragefemale Sau
Kevia Notyouraveragefemale Sau

i dont think he meant to kill the baby, i remember when i had my son, i was 19 and young. he wouldnt stop crying and at times i WANTED to shake the hell out of him. i had sense to put him in his rocker or bed and walk away for a couple minutes to gather my thoughts. i had no help and i read every book i could find about babies (what to expect when your're expecting, what to expect in the first year) just to be a little more prepared but no one told me that he wouldnt sleep all night long and still have to energy to be up during the day. i had had a c-section and still learned to deal with it. the mother of the child is just as much to blame because she should have said something when he even yelled at the baby let alone shook him. they both should have used protection if they were not readfy to deal with all that comes along with having kids...

Heavymetalkc
Heavymetalkc

Disgusting excuse for a human.  Why isn't he charged with murder?  I also want to know why did the mom leave the baby with him if she knew he would shake the baby if he was interrupted? Not blaming her, but why would she not think of her child first?  This is a perfect example of people who SHOULD NEVER have kids!!!! Low life, uneducated, no common sense, white trash, probably abused by their own parents. Its a vicious cycle.  I can't imagine who would want to sleep with this fat ugly slob!!! Ewwww is all I can say. May that poor baby rest in peace now. Probably would have been a lifetime of abuse with these jerkoff parents anyway.   

Sharon Seed
Sharon Seed

So if I'm reading this right, the baby was shaken sometime between 10:00 am - 2:30 pm on Thursday but wasn't even checked for his injuries until after 4:00 am Friday?  Sounds like both "parents" are too young and stupid to care for any living creature.

You got it baby
You got it baby

Unfortunately people are obsessed with these stupid video games.  Does the jack-ass have a job?  I feel so sorry for this baby.  Instead of feel safe and loved, he died feel hate and pain. :( 

Angel_spike11
Angel_spike11

Absolutely disgusting! How can you even get angry at such a helpless and beautiful child, especially one that is your OWN?! I have 2 babies that were only 14 months apart and yes it is very trying and difficult at times by my God not once did that thought even cross my mind. This man should be put away and castrated in my mind!!

Steve Booher
Steve Booher

This is too common.  Part of the punishment for people like this should be to have their nuts clipped, or their tubes tied, so they can't have any more children.   We have laws to regulate everything except stupid people procreating.  As sad as it is, that baby is a MUCH better place now. 

Momof2namedjen
Momof2namedjen

can someone shake him please! This makes me sick!

Joe Gull
Joe Gull

Have fun in General Population baby killer.  It won't take long for GP to make it WELL known to you how they feel about that kind of thing.

guest
guest

rot in hell you  p.o.s i have a three year old girl bout to be 4 a 2 year old girl about to be 3 and a 1 year old about to be 2 all this year and i would never think to hurt or shake my child if i was his bitch i would have left him she is dumb ass hell she should have murdered him i wish some one would do that to my kids they would not make it out my house alive you ass hole i hope them jail mates take your life just like you did to that innocent child god bless that child r.i.p baby put mom in jail to stupid bitch.......

Kitty
Kitty

fry his testicles while still on his body till he is dead

Mikey
Mikey

Good luck in jail you fuckin puke..

Ashley Nichole Kolb
Ashley Nichole Kolb

what is going on with all these parents out there i could not amagine my life with out my kids and they are just killing there kids off

Teresa M Hudson
Teresa M Hudson

Sad story indeed. He's about to get very educated on baby shaking. Amazing that two typos got through!

Rinaldo Kristi
Rinaldo Kristi

Who is the beast that breaded with that scumbag?! Gross

Theresita Morales
Theresita Morales

he needs the x box shaken out of him how can some1 do such a horrible thing to their own child or anyone but ur own flesh n blood

neanie
neanie

Aggravated manslaughter my arse, that is murder! Disgusting looking slimeball, I hope you rot in prison you punk!

Savannah Heider
Savannah Heider

What the heck? The mother hears him talk to a BABY like that and all she does is take the baby away? She doesn't leave??? If he could talk to a helpless baby like that, then obviously something like this wasn't a surprise! Charge the mom too!

Fadi Ali
Fadi Ali

Thats why Retards shouldn't be aloud to have children! 

Your friend
Your friend

Seriously? Someone actually screwed this loser? 

Lizzie Gowers
Lizzie Gowers

Shit-bag! I have a 2-yr-old, 1-yr-old and a 4-wk-old and I'm married to a gamer. He loves to game but he's a devoted father.

Tess
Tess

He looks half retarded himself.  What do you expect?  

Paul Leary
Paul Leary

You need a license for everything except having children.

bigriggs
bigriggs

Complete and utter piece of shit. He is no father or man for that matter.

Pawnmasta
Pawnmasta

Arrgh. This should be on the paperwork that is given when birthing a baby.NO SHAKING AN INFANT, IT IS DEADLY.IF YOU NEED A BREAK CALL SOMEONE FOR HELP, CALL THE HOSPITAL WITH NO REPERCUSSIONS! A NURSE (OR CANDY STRIPER..HELL EVEN THE JANITOR) WILL HAPPILY TAKE THE BABY FOR A FEW HOURS TO GIVE YOU TIME TO COLLECT YOURSELF.

Realmmonk
Realmmonk

rot in jail stupit ass.hope the shub a xbox controler up your rectum in jail 

Johnny
Johnny

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Shawna Heinitz
Shawna Heinitz

i wouldn't go that far. A better place would be in a foster home or with normal family members.  I agree that the man should be castrated and put in the general population in prison so get beat on everyday though.

smh
smh

To charge the mother is ridiculous. Maybe she was beaten too by this animal. And don't say she could have just left because that's easier said than done. Most abused women are terrified of their abuser. Yes, I agree the horrible words to your own baby is reason to leave.... I'm just saying don't judge the mother because the sperm donor is a piece of shit.

Bruce Edmund Carroll
Bruce Edmund Carroll

I agree with you, he is a total pussy with nothing better to do than play video games. he needs to have his balls chopped off.

arends
arends

The hospital I had my son at, my husband and I were required to watch films on shaking babeis before we could be discharged... but I don't think that's the point.  This guy was a lazy excuse for a man who deserves much more than the abuse he will get in prison.

Mandi Andreano
Mandi Andreano

 i had that paperwork. had to read and sign, then watch a video about it and sign that i understood the video too. this was in 08. thought it was a good idea, but it scared me to no end that they actually have to give people this information. :( its unbelievably heartbreaking to read this story, but at least this baby isnt being subjected to this asshole for the rest of his life. RIP, baby Colton.

Neanie
Neanie

they have places to help parents who become overwhelmed with newborns...problem is, this jerk wouldn't have taken time out to take the baby there so he could get back to his Oh so important xbox.  Selfish pig...not so bad now are ya, not as bad as you were on the game.  Go on living your fantasy life you POS, the inmates will snap you back to reality real quick when they make you their Bitch!

takurospirit
takurospirit

I got paperwork like this with both my kids (3 years old and the other is nearly 1). Don't shake the baby! If you're overwhelmed come straight to the hospital, straight to maternity if need be, and they'll help you. I was actually offended the first time, but I guess it's necessary.

People are dumb.

ChunkyMunkee
ChunkyMunkee

They actually do give you paper work on discharge with these instructions I got them with my 3 and my youngest is 15 so thinking it's still going on. 4 yrs ago my friend had to go to a discharge class and these were the things they discussed.

Whodahellwannakno
Whodahellwannakno

Suuuurrrrreee...medical personnel have nothing better do other than their jobs  do they can drop everything whenever some moron with no parenting skills can't hack it, they also have the stork working the exchange and returns window at the hospital too.

77giggles
77giggles

shouldnt need paperwork~~its common sense!!  If u dont want it done to you, dont do it to anyone else...least of all a helpless baby!!

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