Idaho couple sexually abuses their weeks-old baby: pleads guilty to causing fractures and injuries

a couple in Idaho He pleaded guilty to physical and sexual abuse against his baby seven weeks old.

Nicholas Branson Y haley harrisboth 26, were arrested in January on charges of injury to a girl and forced sexual penetration with a foreign object.

According to the Kootenai County Prosecutor, the baby suffered around 14 fractures, internal injuries and genital trauma.

Five months after that event, according to the Coeur d’Alene Press, branson he pleaded guilty to both felonies earlier this week. Harris previously pleaded guilty to one felony count of injury to a child in late March of this year.

It was December 2021 when Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Kootenai Health hospital in Coeur d’Alene, after the agency received reports from medical staff that the baby had “traumatic” injuries that were “significant and critical.” ”, as well as consistent with sexual abuse.

The reports of hospital They reveal that the baby had several brain injuries, which they described as “very specific to the abuse” and “not seen in accidental head injuries.” Staff also found evidence of multiple injuries to both legs likely caused by “forcefully grasping and twisting” the girl’s limbs, court documents obtained by the paper note.

Among the evidence found by authorities is a bloody diaper and incriminating text messages between the couple.

The culprits were initially arrested and held on $20,000 bond each, but a judge increased that amount in February, leaving Harris on $100,000 bond and Branson on $250,000 bond.

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