Baby suffered broken ribs, fractured skull
Watertown, CT– On April 1, a nurse who routinely visited the home of Marci and Merle Stimpson became alarmed when she noticed large bruises on their 4-month old infant and swelling on the baby’s head. The nurse called 911 and the baby was taken to a hospital where doctors found that the infant had suffered 12 rib fractures, a skull fracture, a black eye and extensive bruising. Three of the rib fractures were caused by squeezing, a doctor told police.
When questioned, Merle Stimpson gave the investigators many excuses for the bruises, including that the family cat jumped on the child’s back, that he accidentally dropped the baby a lot because he’s a “klutz”, and then he blamed the baby’s medication saying it was known to cause bruising.
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