Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dad charged with assaulting 3-month-old daughter (Lincoln County, Missouri)

Dad is identified as MARK ALAN BINGLE.

Lincoln County father's charges upgraded in assault on 3-month-old daughter
August 19, 2013 4:55 pm • By Susan Weich

LINCOLN COUNTY • A father charged with one count of felony child abuse 11 months ago is now facing upgraded charges after police say he caused serious injuries to his 3-month-old daughter.

Mark Alan Bingle, 25, of the first block of Green Oaks Lane, was arrested last September after the staff at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, where the child was treated, alerted police. The girl's injuries included multiple rib fractures and bruises on her left knee and back. She also showed signs of a previous right leg fracture, abnormal liver problems and eye hemorrhaging, according to court documents.

According to police, Bingle admitted to placing his daughter between his thigh and chest numerous times while forcibly squeezing her. He said he heard a noise on more than one occasion that could have been a rib or ribs breaking.

In addition, Bingle told police he pushed his baby's face down into a pillow to stop her from crying. He also threw her on a couch with enough force to cause injury, police said.

Bingle told investigators he suffered from anger and other mental issues. Bingle acknowledged he could have killed his daughter by squeezing her the way he did.

Bingle's original charge was dropped and upgraded charges of three counts of felony first-degree domestic assault causing serious physical injury and two counts of felony second-degree domestic assault were filed Monday. He currently is housed at the Lincoln County Jail in lieu of $75,000 cash-only bail.

The girl is recovering, police say, and is living with her mother.