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Man faces child abuse charges after infant hospitalized in Spring Hill

Hernando Today staff report

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SPRING HILL - A South Carolina man visiting family in Spring Hill was booked on aggravated child abuse charges on Tuesday after an infant was treated for severe head injuries, deputies said.

On Oct. 25, members of the sheriff's office and fire/rescue responded to a call of an unconscious male infant at a Eunice Avenue home in Spring Hill.

Family members interviewed by detectives said the infant rolled off of a sofa and hit his head a few days before the medical emergency, but doctors doubted that as the cause of the injury, which is expected to cause permanent brain damage, deputies said.

The baby was later transferred to All Children's Hospital, according to sheriff's office spokeswoman Denise Moloney.

Michael Polyak, 30, later told detectives he was trying to stop the baby from crying when he became frustrated and started "rocking and shaking" him, and then threw him on the couch, deputies said.

"Polyak repeatedly stated that he regretted not feeding the infant, as that would have stopped him from crying," according to a press release.

The sheriff's office has not released Polyak's relationship to the child. He was arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse, and is being held on $50,000 bond.

If released, Polyak will not be allowed to have contact with the baby, and will wear an electronic monitor.

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