Fargo, North Dakota–In November 2005, Matthew Zobach was sentenced to 60 days in jail and 5 years supervised probation after being convicted on charges of felony child endangerment. Earlier that year, Zobach’s 2-month-old daughter was brought to an emergency room with a laceration to her throat and a fractured right femur and left rib. Zobach admitted to causing the injuries–he forced a plastic syringe into the back of the baby’s mouth to administer medication–he wrapped his hands around her torso and squeezed, in an attempt to alleviate a constipation problem–in a fit of frustration, he forcibly pulled her right leg to try to put it into a snowsuit. The terms of his probation required that he have no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16. Hmmm…wonder why he’s gracing the front page?
Fast forward to present day. Zobach, 32, is being accused of breaking another one of his children. He is facing new charges after his 11-month-old daughter was found to be suffering multiple traumatic injuries. She has five or six rib fractures that were healing, a possible right forearm fracture, a tibial fracture and retinal hemorrhages. She was also found to have two subdural hematomas, both inflicted at different times, and two cerebral contusions. Zobach’s explanation? The baby bruised her head when she was fussing…she jerked her head and bonked it on the changing table. Oh, and she also bumped her head on his chin.
Where was mom in all of this, you ask? I’m kinda wondering if she is blind and stupid. Ok, she’s not blind–she noticed the baby’s neck was bruised about 10 days before she was brought to the emergency room–mom thought that was due to the infant’s ‘head bobbing.’ She also noticed bruises on the baby’s upper arms, but thought that was caused by the car seat. She was fully aware of Zobach’s probation conditions and told police that the previous abuse case involved broken bones and was ‘just like this.’ So, she must be stupid, right? And, why the hell wasn’t she arrested as well? Matthew Zobach was arrested on the new charges. If convicted, he could spend up to 10 years in jail.
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