Lubbock man indicted on injury to child charge

Lubbock man indicted, charged with injury to a child

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Brent Upton was indicted by a Lubbock County grand jury on Tuesday for injury to a child.

Police became aware of the situation in late August after a three-week-old child was taken to Covenant Women's and Children's Hospital with a spiral fracture and two corner fractures to their leg, according to a Lubbock Police Department report.

Medical personnel who were tending to the child told police there were indications of child abuse and the fractures were likely caused by twisting or pushing the child's leg back. Police then brought in Upton and his wife for questioning.

In an original statement given to police Upton said he thought the child's injuries could have came from sleeping in a bed with the mother. However, after speaking with Upton a while longer he admitted he became angry with the child while changing their diaper and pushed its leg backwards too hard.

Upton said the child had needed its diaper changed a lot lately and got fussy when anyone tried to change them, according to the police report. So before changing the child, Upton forcefully put the child on a changing table and then started to change the diaper.

He said the child was kicking while he was changing the diaper so he grabbed the child's leg and pushed it back towards their body with a lot of force. Upton went on to finish changing the child's diaper but noticed the child would not quit crying.

The next morning Upton and his wife noticed the child's leg was swollen and she still would not quit crying, so they decided to take the child to a doctor.

The day after police interviewed Upton an arrest warrant was issued and he was placed in police custody, facing a $30,000 bond.

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