Police: Meriden man charged after his six-month-old suffers broken ribs

Police: Meriden man charged after his six-month-old suffers broken ribs

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MERIDEN — A city man faces charges after police said he fractured his six-month-old’s ribs on two separate occasions in June.

Joshua Gonzalez, 28, of 24 Billard St., was charged Tuesday with risk of injury to a minor, third-degree assault, breach of peace, second-degree reckless endangerment, and third-degree strangulation. 

On June 27, police were contacted by staff at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center about a six-month-old male infant brought to the hospital for bruising on his chest, abdomen and back, according to Gonzalez’s  arrest warrant said. An x-ray showed two healing rib fractures that occurred on separate occasions.

Police investigating learned the infant was brought to MidState Medical Center on June 5 with blue lips and eyes rolling back into his head. The infant was treated and diagnosed with a “brief resolved unexplained event,” the warrant said.

Police spoke with Gonzalez, the father of the infant, following the June 27 incident. Gonzalez said he was caring for the infant on the two occasions, and shook the baby because he was being “fussy,” the warrant said.

The medical center determined the child’s injuries were not accidental, the warrant said. During a follow up interview, Gonzalez said he was overwhelmed and stressed by the infant and said he put pressure on the infant’s torso while changing him, the warrant said. Gonzalez also admitted squeezing the infant during the June 5 incident.

Gonzalez was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. Bond was set at $50,000 and Gonzalez is due back in court on Sept. 13. He was also barred from any contact with with infant.

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