SPARTA, MI – Police arrested 19-year-old David Steiger after his newborn boy was found with 19 broken bones.
Not a lot of details regarding how police were alerted to Steiger, but he was taken into custody on July 2. Reports state Steiger admitted he pushed his 20-day-old son’s leg until he heard a “pop” sound. According to police, that sound was the baby’s femur and tibia breaking. Steiger also admitted his son fell off the couch while he watching him.
A medical examination would reveal the baby had suffered more abuse than the two instances Steiger admitted to, unless the couch was at the top of a long flight of stairs. The baby was found with a total of 19 broken bones.
Steiger admitted that he, and not his wife, may be to blame for his son’s injuries but can’t say for sure because he “blacked out”. Steiger was officially charged with first degree child abuse on July 5. A neighbor told reporters that there were warning signs in the days before Steiger was arrested.
“He had the baby and he comes walking across the lawn and I was in the pool. I looked at the baby and I hear him gasp for air and I was like, ‘What is wrong with your baby?’” the friend claims. “I said you need to take him to the doctor and he said ‘I can’t because protective services will be all over me.’”
I’m not going to jump on the neighbor for not immediately calling police, as they may be the ones who did. The baby’s mother surely should have known something was wrong with her baby though, right? She has not been charged with any crime, and is expected to be a witness in the case against her husband.
A judge set Steiger’s bond at $100,000 and he’s expected back in court for a preliminary hearing July 17. His baby, Jason, was taken to the Helen Devos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids where he is listed in fair condition.