Wisconsin father gets 6 months for beating a child, the breaking of bones 20

Richard A. Root, 21, of Oshkosh, Wis.

(Winnebago County Jail)

A Wisconsin man convicted of beating his 2-month-old daughter — the breaking of more than 20 of the baby’s bones and caused bleeding in her brain-has been sentenced to six months behind bars.

The prison sentence for Richard A. Root, 21, of Oshkosh, was part of the seven years of probation for child neglect resulting in great bodily harm, the Oshkosh Northwestern reported.

Winnebago County Circuit court Judge Thomas Gritton also ordered Root to prevent alcohol and drugs, keep a steady job or go to school full time, and undergo counseling, the newspaper reported.

Root had pleaded no contest to neglect of the child, Fox 11 reported.

If the crime occurred in March, emergency room staff at Aurora Medical Center found the baby had nine broken ribs and various other serious injuries, the station reported.

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A criminal complaint said the baby also had a broken arm and a broken leg, according to Fox 11.

The complaint also said Root shook the baby because she was crying. Root also told the police that he knelt on the top of one of the legs of the baby while changing her diaper, the station reported.

Root told the police that he “snapped” as a result of stress and lack of sleep, the station reported.

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