Charges added after 5-year-old that had required surgery dies

William Green, 32, of St. Petersburg, Florida. [Image credit: St. Petersburg Police Department]

On February 22 Police were called to a residence in St. Petersburg, Florida at approximately 1:44 am where emergency medical responders were working on a 5-year-old girl with head trauma who was unconscious.


Cynthia Green was found by police to have "severe head trauma and fresh injuries to her body" and required surgery at the hospital. After the surgery, she was initially listed in "critical but stable" condition.


The same day her father, the only adult in the residence when she became injured according to investigators, 32-year-old William Allen Green was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse with great bodily harm. He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail.


Police also noticed the presence of scarring, including old and fresh bite marks on Cynthia's body.


Over the weekend, Cynthia died. Police have not given the official cause of death.


Still in jail, Green is now facing additional charges. In addition to the two counts of aggravated child abuse with great bodily harm, he is now charged with first-degree murder and neglect of a child.


According to the Tampa Bay Times, Green has one prior felony arrest that dates back to 2007 for child abuse. They were unable to determine the outcome of that charge, but noted that he had been released on his own recognizance and that there appeared to be no prior prison record for him.


According to the limited records available through the Pinellas court records search, Green has been appointed a public defender, but his next court date is not disclosed.