Arrest made after unresponsive child found in North Fort Myers home

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Nicholas Canfield (Credit: LCSO booking photo)

A North Fort Myers man was arrested early Thursday after a toddler was taken to the hospital with severe injuries.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home on W. Mariana Avenue at 1:43 p.m. Wednesday in reference to an unresponsive child.

They met with the child’s caregiver, Nicholas Canfield, who was attempting lifesaving measures on the child. The 2-year-old was immediately taken to the hospital, where she remained Thursday in critical condition with a “poor prognosis,” according to the sheriff’s office.

LCSO said medical staff at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit determined there were indications of recent sexual abuse, as well as fresh bruises, swelling and other forms of physical trauma.

Canfield, 25, has been charged with capital sexual battery on a victim under 12 and aggravated child abuse.

“Only the lowest form of life would do this to a child,” said Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “I will do everything in my power to make sure that this predator never has an opportunity to abuse anyone again. I’ve said it before…I have zero-tolerance for any type of abuse.”

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Office of the State Attorney as the investigation continues.

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