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UPDATE: Additional Charges for Suspect in Infant Homicide Investigation

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 23-056



UPDATE: Additional Charges for Suspect in Infant Homicide Investigation

UPDATE: April 27, 2023 

Upon further investigation, detectives discovered a second victim who sustained injuries while under the care of Haley Barclay. She is already in custody and facing charges of child abuse and murder after admitting to shaking an infant earlier this month. After removing a second baby from the care of Barclay due to that initial investigation, deputies found the second child sustained severe upper body trauma.

"It is completely sickening to learn this woman, who treated one infant so gruesomely that it resulted in death, was also responsible for the severe physical injuries of another baby," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "I applaud our detectives for continuing this investigation as we seek justice for all victims."

Haley Barclay, who is currently incarcerated at Falkenburg Road Jail, has an add-on charge of Aggravated Child Abuse (abuse with great bodily harm).


The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested a woman following an infant's death.

On April 17, 2023, All Children's Hospital in Pinellas County contacted the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office after an unresponsive infant was brought in with trauma. Despite lifesaving efforts, the baby died on April 21, 2023.

During an interview with detectives, Haley Barclay, 26, admitted to shaking the child on April 12 and April 13, 2023. Barclay was placed into custody for Aggravated Child Abuse and Aggravated Child Neglect on April 17, 2023. On April 24, 2023, the Pinellas County Medical Examiner's Office concluded the child's death was being ruled a homicide.

"This woman was responsible for caring for this defenseless child. Instead, she is responsible for this innocent child's death," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "I must commend our detectives for their tireless work in this investigation. This loss is a heartbreaking reminder of our responsibility to protect our communities most vulnerable from harm."

Barclay is currently in custody at the Falkenburg Road Jail and is facing charges of First Degree Felony Murder while Engaged in Aggravated Child Abuse.

The HCSO Child Protective Investigations unit is involved in sheltering Barclay's additional children.