TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A mother and father face felony are facing felony charges for allegedly abusing their baby.
Police said Christopher Wilson, 20, and Lucy Wilson, 19, denied medical attention to their 5-month-old baby boy after Christopher allegedly broke the baby's leg.
The baby was already receiving medical care at home, being hooked up to a feeding tube since he was born prematurely.
According to court documents, Lucy Wilson admitted to police her husband beat the baby when the child would move his feeding tube. In August, she told police Christopher Wilson admitted to her, that he "broke him," twisting the baby's leg causing it to fracture.
In the court documents, the doctor told police the fracture was a spiral fracture and it would have taken tremendous force to cause the injury, causing severe pain to the baby.
Terre Haute Police Detective Rick Decker said this instance is a bad case of child abuse.
"Especially with the femur, that's a hard bone to break," Decker said.
Police said the baby had several older fractures as well. Police said it took a month to arrest the parents, as they had a lengthy investigation.
"Cases like this are some of the hardest, we've learned from experience, because the victim can't tell you what happened," Detective Jim Richardson said.
The baby is currently healing and in foster care.
Lucy Wilson faces two felonies for neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury. Christopher Wilson faces those same charges as well as battery resulting in bodily injury.
Their bond is set at $75,000. The Wilsons are expected in court Thursday morning.