A Bismarck man has been charged with three counts of felony child abuse after police say his 1-month-old son suffered seizures and bruising to his head and legs, and showed signs of other injuries that may have occurred in the middle of September.
The charges against Jaydenle Bushard, 22, carry possible 10-year prison sentences. He made his initial court appearance Monday and will enter pleas later.
Bismarck police on Friday responded to a residence on the 4100 block of Lockport Street on a call that the baby was unresponsive. He was taken to a Bismarck emergency room and later flown to Fargo for further treatment. His injuries included bruising on both legs, scratches, a bruise on his chin, and bruising on the right and back left portion of his head, according to a police affidavit.
A doctor told police that an X-ray showed healing rib fractures and fractures to the child’s legs. The baby had been admitted to the hospital on Sept. 15. A chest X-ray at that time showed no rib fractures. Doctors said the rib and leg fractures likely happened between Sept. 15 and Oct. 1, according to the affidavit.
Police say Bushard told them he bounced the baby on his leg without supporting his head, and said the baby hit his head on the wall while being bounced. He further said he shook the child for about five seconds after which the infant suffered a seizure, authorities say. Bruising on the child's chin was caused by a bottle dropped from about waist height as the child lay on the floor, Bushard allegedly told police.
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No attorney is listed for Bushard in court documents.
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