Denver man charged with child abuse after 10-week-old daughter hospitalized with serious injuries

DENVER – A Denver man has been formally charged with child abuse for allegedly causing numerous serious injuries to his infant daughter.

Shane Stringfellow, 27, is charged with three counts of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury -- a third-degree felony.

Stringfellow is accused of abusing the young girl since she was born on Oct. 1. She was brought to The Children’s Hospital Dec. 12 with a broken leg, fractured ribs and injuries to her tongue and tonsils, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

His arrest affidavit says Stringfellow reported he “had fallen on the baby” and that the baby’s mother “fell while carrying the baby” at one point, but that the baby had landed in her lap.

Stringfellow also told investigators he would squeeze the baby in order to make her have a bowel movement, and that he would sometimes put his finger in her throat to make her vomit.

The affidavit says the infant girl weighed only seven pounds when she was hospitalized despite being 10-weeks-old.

The mother was also interviewed by police, but investigators determined the baby's injuries were caused while she was in Stringfellow's care. She is not currently facing charges.

Stringfellow has already been released from custody on a $50,000 bond and is next scheduled in court Jan. 17.

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