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A Facebook post got him angry — and a baby girl’s skull was crushed, cops say

Ashley Finnegan, 29, left, is charged with aggravated child abuse: accessory after the fact and neglect of a child with great bodily harm. George Gluschenko, 34, right, is charged with aggravated child abuse.
Ashley Finnegan, 29, left, is charged with aggravated child abuse: accessory after the fact and neglect of a child with great bodily harm. George Gluschenko, 34, right, is charged with aggravated child abuse. Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office

A 2-month-old girl is in the hospital with a severe head injury while a couple is sitting behind bars in Sarasota County.

Ashley Finnegan, 29, called 911 on Dec. 12 asking an ambulance to come to her Venice home after a 2-month-old sustained a head injury, according to a probable cause affidavit from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

Finnegan told 911 operators her boyfriend, George Gluschenko, 34, of Venice, accidentally threw a phone onto the bed, when it hit the infant in the forehead. Deciding not to wait for an ambulance to arrive, Finnegan took the child to Venice Hospital, according to the affidavit.

Once deputies arrived at the hospital, Finnegan told them she was sitting on her bed when Gluschenko entered the bedroom angry over one of her Facebook posts. He threw her phone on the bed, which hit the infant in the forehead, according to the sheriff’s office. She called 911 because the child was bleeding.

Gluschenko admitted to throwing the phone, not realizing the baby was there, saying he didn’t mean to cause the injury, according to the affidavit.

The child was taken to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg due to her injuries, where a Child Protection Team doctor performed an exam that included a CT scan and an MRI. The doctor found a skull fracture and a depression in the skull, which required surgery, according to the affidavit.

Several other injuries, including hemorrhages, were found during the surgery and in the CT scan. Doctors also found evidence of shearing injuries of the brain, and concluded the infant’s injuries were the result of abuse, according to investigators. The doctor pointed out “high force trauma” to the left side of her head and said she may have had two high-force impacts not caused by a phone and not consistent with what Finnegan and Gluschenko told investigators.

There is potential for permanent disabilities and the false information about how the injury occurred delayed necessary medical trauma care, according to investigators.

Gluschenko was charged with aggravated child abuse. Finnegan was charge with aggravated child abuse accessory after the fact and neglect of a child with great bodily harm. Both are being held in the Sarasota County jail without bond.

The child is still being treated in the hospital, but is “very responsive,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Sara Nealeigh: 941-745-7081, @saranealeigh

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