MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (September 23, 2015) – A 10-week-old baby suffered at least 10 broken bones and investigators believe her step-dad is responsible.
William Turner, 23, faces child neglect and battery charges. Investigators say doctors found “suspicious injuries” on the baby when her mom brought her into the office.
The baby was immediately taken to the hospital. She had at least 10 broken bones, mainly to her legs and ribs.
“There are times our kids fall and have fallen and you just accept that kids fall, at 10 weeks (old) that’s a little hard to imagine,” explains Steve Sonnega, Morgan County Prosecutor.
When investigators questioned Turner about the baby girl’s injuries he reportedly admitted to “treating her roughly.”
Within hours, Turner was arrested.
“You start wondering how a child this young could be injured this much if there’s proper care and then that raises the question of who the caregiver was,” said Sonnega.
The baby has been released from Riley Hospital for Children and is recovering at home.
FOX59 talked with the baby’s family. They didn’t want to go on camera but said they are upset but thankful the situation wasn’t worse.
Investigators say Turner and the baby’s mother had just recently gotten married. Investigators aren’t sure if the injuries happened all at once or over a period of time.
“According to our evidence he was a caregiver of the child from the time the child was born up to her 10-week mark,” said Sonnega.
Investigators say Turner was also the caregiver for two other young children, siblings of the 10-week-old girl. Both of those children were checked out and are OK.
Turner is being held on a $10,000 bond and will be in court December 16.