Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Crimes Against Children Unit
Patrol Operations Bureau
David Patrick Conway (Arrested)
Address: 8067 34th Avenue North, St. Petersburg
Arrested for one-count aggravated child abuse.
Victim is a four year-old male, who was known to the suspect. Per Fl Statute 119.071(2)(h)1, no further information will be released that would tend to identify the victim.
Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit have arrested a suspect for aggravated child abuse, after the investigation revealed that the suspect who had been caring for the victim, caused a laceration to the child’s kidney.
The crime was reported to the Sheriff’s Office on October 5, 2012 and the Crimes Against Children Unit began its investigation thereafter.
The crime occurred in a private residence in Pinellas County.
According to investigators, the child’s mother left the child in the care of the suspect identified as 23-year-old David Patrick Conway, while she was at work. When she returned the child told his mother that he had urinated blood. The child had flushed the toilet and the mother was unable to confirm what had happened. When the child urinated later on, he showed his mother that there was blood in the urine again. The mother snapped a photograph of the urine in the toilet and immediately transported the child for medical attention.
Doctors determined that the child had a laceration to his kidney and determined it not to be a medical condition, but trauma related. Through their investigation, detectives were further able to determine that the injury was caused during the time that the victim was in Conway’s care. The child told deputies that the suspect had caused his injury by striking him.
Detectives developed probable cause for the arrest of Conway. On Thursday, October 15th, detectives conducted surveillance on Conway and conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Blindpass and Captiva Circle in St. Pete Beach and arrested the suspect without further incident.
Conway was transported to the Pinellas County Jail, where he is being held on no bond.
The investigation continues.