An Ohio father was sentenced to prison Wednesday for beating his 2-month-old sons to the point that both boys suffered multiple broken bones.
The Toledo Blade reports that Jordan Kisabeth, 28, was sentenced to six years in prison for two counts of child endangerment. Kisabeth was criminally charged for the August 2018 beating which left one of his sons with five broken bones and the other with seven broken bones.
The prosecutor said both boys suffered a skull fracture, broken arms, a broken leg, and fractured ribs. The judge read a doctor’s report which stated that the newborns experienced acute agony and pain when the injuries occurred but are expected to fully recover, the news outlet reported.
Kisabeth’s attorney, Jeffrey Nunnari, said neither drugs or alcohol was a factor in the incident and claimed was working full-time as a banker when he took a second job at Chick-Fil-A. Nunnari surmised that working two jobs and caring for two newborns left his client sleep-deprived.
Kisabeth declined to reveal how he inflicted the injuries but claimed he didn’t mean to harm his sons.
“Taking care of two children is a lot. I don’t know of anything that was intentionally done. I truly don’t…I’ve never had any experience with children, whatsoever,” Kisabeth said Wednesday, according to The Blade. “Either out of a lack of experience, I’m sure combined with the sleep deprivation. … I may have squeezed too tightly at some point, I may have rolled over on one of them at some point. I truthfully don’t know.”
The boys’ mother, Melissa Stevens, spoke out against her ex-husband during Wednesday’s sentencing, describing what he subjected their sons to as “torture.”
The twin boys reportedly remain in foster care almost a year after the attack. The Blade reported that Stevens was also criminally charged in connection with the August 2018 incident but prosecutors dropped the charges on evidentiary grounds.
“These heinous acts demand punishment,” the judge told Kisabeth at sentencing. “Those children need to be protected from you—their father.”
[Featured image: Jordan Kisabeth/Handout]