Sunday, July 21, 2013

Dad charged with fracturing skull of newborn daughter (Coon Valley, Wisconsin)

Poor daddy ROBERT SCHMIDT was "frustrated" because "his girlfriend" (the baby's mother?) had to leave for work and left him alone to take care of the baby.

Father charged with abuse of newborn girl

July 19, 2013 12:00 am • By ANNE JUNGEN

A Coon Valley man arrested for fracturing his newborn daughter’s skull was charged Thursday with felony child abuse.

Robert Schmidt, 21, admitted elbowing the fussing 8-week-old child Sunday in frustration, according to court records.

Prosecutors charged Schmidt in La Crosse County Circuit Court with physical abuse of a child, obstructing officers and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.

He returns to court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

Authorities began investigating after the infant was brought to an emergency room Sunday morning with a fractured skull and bleeding brain.

Schmidt gave authorities different accounts how the infant was injured, saying she rolled over in her bassinet, hit her head on a table and struck a dog bone, according to police reports.

He later admitted striking her with his elbow when he rolled over to check on her when she cried. He said repeatedly it was an accident inflicted because he was upset his girlfriend left for work while the baby was still fussing, the report stated.