Palm Bay Man Arrested On Child Abuse Charges

Man arrested in Palm Bay on child abuse charges.
Man arrested in Palm Bay on child abuse charges. (Photo: Brevard County jail)

PALM BAY, Florida – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office responded to a physical altercation at an address in Melbourne between a juvenile and a Palm Bay man.

Evan Austin Grant, 20, of Palm Bay, had struck a 17-year-old juvenile in the face, then put a “choke hold” on him before running his vehicle into the victim on Aurora Road, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

“The defendant struck the victim in the face and then put him in a ‘choke hold,’ cutting off the blood flow to the victim’s head,” according to the deputy.

After the initial altercation ended, Grant got into the driver’s seat of his vehicle and fled eastbound on Aurora Road.

“The defendant then crossed into the opposite lane of traffic, drove into traffic, and struck the victim with his vehicle,” the deputy added.

The victim was walking back to his residence on the side of the road after the physical altercation. Grant struck the victim with the front of his vehicle on the driver’s side, and the victim’s body struck the vehicle mirror, knocking it off upon impact.

Grant then fled the area, but the criminal act was all captured by video surveillance cameras on local businesses.

Grant’s girlfriend was initially in the vehicle while he engaged the victim in the physical altercation, but she exited, leaving a 3-month-old child unattended in the backseat.

The 3-month-old was in the vehicle when Grant hit the victim with his vehicle, and while driving into oncoming traffic.

Deputies found Grant at his residence in Palm Bay, where he confessed to his criminal actions.

Grant was arrested and transported to the Brevard County Jail where he was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Child Abuse for his involvement in the initial altercation, and Child Neglect for his failure to protect his child.

The juvenile was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center where he received treatment for his sustained injuries.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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