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Sparta man sentenced on child abuse charges


David Joseph Steiger

David Joseph Steiger

The young father charged with fracturing multiple bones in his three-week-old son was sentenced last week to three-and-half to ten years in prison for first-degree child abuse. He pled no contest to the charge.

David Joseph Steiger, 20, of Sparta, was arrested July 3, 2013. His 20-day-old son, Jaxon, was taken to the hospital on June 30 for inconsolable crying, after Steiger had been caring for him. Doctors at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital diagnosed the newborn with 19 broken bones.

Steiger told police that he remembered pushing the baby’s legs until he heard a pop in the left leg. He was reportedly changing the baby’s diaper and said the baby seemed fine after that. He also admitted the baby fell off the couch while he was caring for him. He had no reason for the other injuries, telling authorities he might have caused them but didn’t know because he had blacked out.

Doctors reportedly thought that Jaxon might never crawl. However, recent reports say that Jaxon has recovered from his injuries and is doing well, including crawling.

 

 

 

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Howard City man arrested for child abuse


Sean Robert Griffin

Sean Robert Griffin

A 26-year-old Howard City man was arrested last week on child abuse charges involving a 13-month old child.

The baby’s mother took the baby to Gerber Hospital in Fremont after seeing injuries the baby girl had sustained while in the mother’s boyfriend’s care. The Michigan State Police were then called to Gerber Hospital.

The baby reportedly suffered three broken ribs and bruising, which doctors identified as abuse.

The suspect was identified as Sean Robert Griffin, of Howard City. He was arraigned on a charge of first degree child abuse, a felony.

 

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Three-week-old baby suffers 19 fractures


David Steiger

David Steiger

Dad charged with child abuse

A Sparta man has been charged with first-degree child abuse of his 20-day-old son.

According to Sparta Police officer David Price, the baby was taken to the hospital on June 30 for inconsolable crying. Doctors at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital diagnosed the newborn with 19 broken bones.

The baby’s father, David Steiger, 19, told police that he remembered pushing the baby’s legs until he heard a pop in the left leg. He was reportedly changing the baby’s diaper and said the baby seemed fine after that. He also admitted the baby fell off the couch while he was caring for him. He had no reason for the other injuries, telling authorities he might have caused them but didn’t know because he had blacked out.

“We have no knowledge of what would have caused him to black out,” said Officer Price.

Steiger was arrested on July 3, even before the warrant was issued. “We wanted to act quickly because we knew he had ties to Georgia and considered him a potential flight risk,” said Price. He explained Steiger has only lived in Sparta for two years.

Steiger was arraigned on Friday, July 5 on one charge of first-degree child abuse, and bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety bond. He could face up to life in prison if convicted. “The penalty is just as serious as a murder charge,” noted Price.

Police do not consider the baby’s mother a suspect in the case.

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Man charged with child abuse


Edward Fisher

Edward Fisher

A Cedar Springs man is in jail on child abuse charges.

On Tuesday, June 25, Cedar Springs Police Officer Mandy Stahl investigated a complaint of child abuse. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Edward Roger Fisher, 28, of Cedar Springs. Fisher was picked up over the weekend and was arraigned on Monday, July 1, in 63rd District Court on a charge of child abuse, 3rd degree. Bond was set at $2,000 cash/surety.

Officer Stahl also alerted (CPS) Child Protective Services of the situation and asked that they become involved as well.

 

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