SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– The man who is currently charged with child abuse against a four-month-old says the girl’s injuries were caused by a dog jumping on him and a subsequent fall, but a neurosurgeon disagrees.
33-year-old Michael Brummer has been charged with felony child abuse. Brummer is not the father of the infant but is acting as a father figure as he and the mother had a previous romantic relationship.
According to a probable cause statement obtained by KOLR10 News, the girl sustained bruising to her head, abdomen, back, sides of the neck, had acute respiratory failure, and possibly broken ribs.
On Monday, the mother dropped off the infant at Brummer’s house on S. Warren Street at his request. The mother said she dropped the infant off uninjured.
Monday night, Michael Brummer claims he was holding the infant vertically in his arms against his chest when a dog jumped on him causing Brummer to fall backwards into the grass. He claims he landed on his backside and that the infant’s head could have hit Brummer’s chest causing an injury.
Police did not observe any grass stains on his jeans consistent with falling.
Later that night Brummer attempted to feed the infant but she was unable to hold food down and vomited. While giving her a bath, Brummer claimed the infant’s head hit the bottom of the bath tub.
An ambulance was called shortly after.
Once at the hospital, investigators talked to doctors about the girl’s injuries. Police informed doctors of Brummer’s account but did not agree that a fall caused the injuries.
A neurosurgeon caring for the infant stated the injuries were consistent with violent shaking rather than a single impact.
Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children say stories like these are not uncommon. Greene County is at the top of the list when it comes to child abuse in the state.
“In the last three to five years we have been top three,” said Beth Atchison, Executive Director of CASA. “In the last three years we have been number one.”
Brummer is being held in the Greene County Jail on a $75,000 bond.