Oshkosh father convicted of child neglect

Richard Root (Photo courtesy Winnebago Co. Jail)

OSHKOSH (WLUK) – A father was convicted of child neglect Wednesday for causing multiple injuries to his two-month-old daughter.

Richard Root, 21, pleaded no contest to neglecting a child -- consequence is great bodily harm. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 20.

Emergency room staff at Aurora Medical Center found the baby had nine broken ribs and several other serious injuries. The criminal complaint says the baby also had a broken arm and a broken leg.

The complaint says Root showed police on a doll how he grabbed the baby around the chest and shook her while asking why she was crying. The document says Root also admitted to kneeling on her leg while changing her diaper.

The complaint quotes Root saying he "snapped' because of stress and a lack of sleep.

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