WAUPACA (WAOW) – A 27-year-old Plover man accused of breaking his baby son's leg more than a year ago told investigators that he got frustrated while changing the baby's diaper and twisted the leg, according to court records.
Ronald J. Brummer was charged in Waupaca County Circuit Court with two felonies – physical abuse of a child and substantial battery. The maximum punishment for each count is 3 ½ years in prison.
Brummer is to make his initial court appearance July 30, according to online court records.
According to the criminal complaint, a 2-month-old baby was taken to a doctor in April 2012 and X-rays found three fractures of the child's leg.
Brummer initially told police the baby would sometimes get his legs caught in a rocking chair, the complaint said.
When challenged about that story, Brummer admitted getting frustrated while changing the baby's diaper and he twisted the baby's leg, the complaint said. Brummer told police that he texted the baby's mother a short time later, telling her the child's leg was swollen, and he then called the baby's grandmother, who advised him to put a warm rag on the leg, the document said.
There was no attorney for Brummer listed in online court records on Wednesday.
According to online records, Brummer was convicted of two counts of misdemeanor battery in June 2012 in a domestic violence incident. He was sentenced to nine months in jail, which was to be served at the same time as a prison sentence in a Portage County burglary case, court records said.