Child abuse charges leveled against father

2014-01-23T06:56:00Z 2014-06-23T11:20:19Z Child abuse charges leveled against fatherKRISTEN ZAMBO kristen.zambo@journaltimes.com Journal Times
January 23, 2014 6:56 am  • 

RACINE — A Racine man faces child abuse charges for allegedly breaking his infant daughter’s arm a day after injuring his son while drinking shots on New Year’s Eve.

Michael D. Canady, 23, of the 600 block of DeKoven Avenue, is charged with two counts of physical abuse of a child and one of felony bail jumping for reportedly breaking two bones in his 3-month-old daughter’s arm earlier this month, according to his criminal complaint.

Canady first told a Racine investigator that he took his son and daughter to an aunt and uncle’s house on Jan. 1, where his daughter’s arm might have been broken while his teenage cousins were baby-sitting for the infant while he was drinking in the basement, the complaint stated. But Canady later told the investigator that during an argument with his girlfriend, he grabbed his daughter by her right arm, pulling her out of her bouncy chair, and she cried out. He put her in a car seat, grabbed his son and left the home, the complaint stated.

The girl was taken to the hospital on Jan. 6, where she was treated in the emergency room for two broken bones to the right arm and police were summoned.

Police also began investigating injuries to his 14-month-old son.

Canady reportedly told an investigator on Monday that he thought he accidentally hurt his son on New Year’s Eve, while playing cards and drinking “many tequila and vodka shots,” the complaint stated.

He said he remembers seeing his son walk by, grabbing him and throwing him up in the air. He almost lost his grip, so he grabbed him tighter around his chest and ribs before throwing him up again, according to the complaint.

He sat his son in his lap and tried to flip him backward by the arms, but that didn’t work and his arms twisted, the complaint stated.

His son suffered rib and arm fractures.

Prosecutors initially charged Canady on Jan. 8 with a sole child abuse charge, court records show. An amended complaint filed Wednesday by prosecutors added the second felony child abuse and bail jumping charges.

His preliminary hearing is today.

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