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Cape man charged with aggravated child abuse, battery

By CJ HADDAD - | Jul 13, 2021

Austin Meyers

A Cape Coral man has been arrested for aggravated child abuse after an investigation showed he is responsible for “serious injuries” to his 2-month-old son, according to a report from the Cape Coral Police Department.

CCPD officers arrived at the home of Austin Meyers, 27, Saturday, July 10, after family members reported concerns for the well-being of his son, according to officials.

A CCPD Major Crimes Unit investigation revealed troubling injuries to the child “as a result of abuse at the hands of Meyers.”

The CCPD release also alleges Meyers had battered the child’s mother during her pregnancy.

Meyers was arrested by CCPD officers and charged with cruelty toward a child (aggravated child abuse) a first-degree felony, as well as aggravated battery (offender knew victim to be pregnant), a second-degree felony.

He was transported to the Lee County Jail and is being held on a total of $55,000 bail.

Meyers also has an out-of-county warrant in Alachua County for which no bond has yet been set.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office records indicates Meyers has been arrested several times in Southwest Florida since 2007.

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