Man Tried to Baptize Boy in Algae-Filled Pool: Police - NBC New York

Man Tried to Baptize Boy in Algae-Filled Pool: Police



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    Henry Love, 51, was accused of child abuse after he threw a boy into a pool filthy with algae and bugs, saying God wanted the child baptized, Volusia sheriff’s investigators said.

    A central Florida man has been accused of throwing an 11-year-old boy he was taking care of into a swimming pool filled with algae and bugs because God asked him to baptize the child.

    Henry Love, 51, was arrested Wednesday on a child abuse charge, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

    The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Love told investigators God awakened him Wednesday morning and told him to baptize the child.

    An arrest report states that Love took the boy next door to the neighbor's pool and dunked him several times under water. The boy's mother took him to an urgent care center where doctors found an ear and eye infection, possibly from dirty water.

    Love was released from jail but records don't list an attorney.