A Rhode Island man was arrested last week, accused of breaking his 2-month-old daughter’s arms, legs, ribs, and collarbone.
The Providence Journal reports that a suspect was arrested after the infant’s mother brought the girl to the hospital Wednesday with a broken right leg. Police said it was then and there that doctors determined that the baby had a total of 12 broken bones, all in different stages of healing.
According to WJAR, prosecutors said the infant’s father, Alfonso Acevedo, 28, has admitted to the abuse. The Pawtucket father is charged with three counts of first-degree child abuse.
Authorities believe that Acevedo abused his daughter on three separate occasions. However, they don’t think the infant’s mother knew about the alleged abuse, the news station reported.
Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) spokeswoman told the Providence Journal that the family had never been reported for abuse or neglect.
“I had no idea anything like that was happening across the street,” a neighbor told WJAR.
“For something like that to be happening so close to home—it’s awful. I think he should stay in jail for a long time.”
In light of Acevedo’s arrest, state officials have placed the baby and her twin 2-year-old sisters in protective custody. Pawtucket Detective Sargeant Timothy Graham said there’s no evidence that the twins were being abused.
Acevedo is being held on $75,000 bail. He faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted as charged.
His next court date is scheduled for June 22.
[Featured Image: Alfonso Acevedo/Pawtucket Police Department]