Man Accused of Breaking Baby's Bones Gets Six Months in Jail

OSHKOSH, Wis. — A 21-year-old man will go to jail after police say he beat his 2-month-old daughter in March, breaking bones and causing bleeding in her brain.

Richard A. Root of Oshkosh was sentenced to six months in jail as part of seven years of probation for child neglect resulting in great bodily harm. Winnebago County Circuit Judge Thomas Gritton also ordered Root to not have or use alcohol or drugs, to keep a job or attend school full time and to undergo counseling.

According to court documents, Root shook his 2-month-old girl and knelt on her legs while changing her diaper March 10. Doctors said the infant had more than 20 broken bones, injuries to her face and head and multiple brain bleeds.

Root told police he was stressed and hadn't gotten enough sleep, court documents state. The baby was flown to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where she was treated and later released to a family member.

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