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Fife father arrested on suspicion of assaulting infant

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 27, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
February 27, 2009 2:54 pm

Fife police have arrested a father suspected of breaking his infant daughter’s leg.

Staff members at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center called police officers and Child Protective Services on Friday. They were treating the 5-month-old girl for a broken femur and an injury to her mouth, according to a Fife Police Department press release.

Doctors X-rayed the girl and found previous injuries.

“The rib cage had been broken and mended,” officers reported. “In addition, an injury to the hip was located.”

Doctors said the girl’s mouth injury was consistent with someone using excessive force to shove a bottle into the baby’s mouth.

Through the investigation, Fife police learned the baby’s father is the unemployed and watched the girl and her older sibling while the mother was working.

After interviewing the father, Fife detectives him on suspicion of three counts of first-degree assault of a child, the department reported. The mother also was being investigated for lying to officers about what happened to the girl.

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