Doctors: Abused Baby Had 14 Fractured Ribs

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The parents of an Iowa child diagnosed with 14 rib fractures have been arrested and charged.

The Des Moines Register says 24-year-old Clayton Fischer and 21-year-old Hollie Fischer, of Knoxville, face the same charges: four counts of child endangerment causing serious injury and one of neglect. Polk County Jail records say both Fischers remained in custody on Thursday. Online court records don't list the names of their attorneys.

The child was taken to a hospital in July. Officials say the baby's injuries didn't match the parents' description of how the baby had been hurt. In addition to the injured ribs, the child had a dislocated hip and a fractured wrist and femur.

Authorities issued warrants for the Fischers' arrests, and they turned themselves in on Monday.
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