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Florida man arrested for the death of a woman whose body was found next to unharmed baby

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

TEMPLE TERRACE, FL– The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of a suspect in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found lying next to a baby. 

52-year-old Thomas Sapp was taken into custody on March 3, and charged with first-degree premeditated murder, sexual battery with serious injury, and child neglect following the investigation.

Deputies say they responded to an apartment unit on Ave Club Dr., on Feb. 28th to perform a wellness check on the resident. 

When authorities went inside of the home, they found a woman dead and a baby next to the body but otherwise unharmed.

The medical examiner’s office later ruled the death as a homicide which launched the investigation. 

“I am grateful for the hard work and collaboration between our detectives and the Medical Examiner’s Office to quickly determine the cause of death, and arrest the person responsible,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “We are grateful to report that the infant found on that horrible night is safe thanks to the efforts of the Hillsborough Child Protective Services.”

Authorities are still putting the pieces of the investigation together. Anyone with information on this case should call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.

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