A father in Texas has been accused of breaking 25 bones on his 2-month-old daughter’s body. Keep reading for the full story!
A Texas father has been accused of breaking 25 bones on his malnourished 2-month-old daughter’s tiny body.
As PEOPLE reports, Joel Ortiz Rodriguez Jr. has officially been charged with one charge of injury to a child.
Austin police say Rodriguez confessed to “pulling on [his daughter’s] arms” when he was angry and had grabbed onto her so tightly he actually heard her “bones pop.”
The baby girl was hospitalized back in October, when doctors revealed that the infant had suffered from extensive bruising, and her pelvis, ribs, and wrist were broken. She also had a cut under her tongue.
According to the affidavit, in all, the baby suffered about 25 broken bones and was so small that she was deemed “failure to thrive.”
When questioned by police back in October, Rodriguez admitted that he had gotten “too aggressive” with the baby girl while he was upset.
“He admitted to pulling on her arms by her wrist to pull her to him when he gets frustrated and stated it is too aggressive,” according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
The father also stated that he held his daughter so tightly that “he heard bones pop in her chest and back area,” the affidavit continues.
The baby’s mother later told authorities that she “noticed a crunching sound in her daughter’s ribs” about two to three weeks earlier but assumed it could be attributed “to her daughter growing.”
“She stated she noticed some of the bruising but didn’t think that it was anything because she nor Joel do anything to the victim,” the affidavit states.
Still, Rodriguez claims he never intended to harm his daughter and hopes he can be forgiven for his mistake.
“I just needed to control my emotions right then and there. I was changing her, and when I told [police] that, I didn’t think that they would take it like I did it intentionally to break her bones,” he told KXAN after being charged last week.
“With how hard I work and with everything that I’m doing to get her back, I’m pretty confident that I’m going to get her [the baby] back,” he continued.