NEWTON, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A Newton couple is facing assault charges for abusing their daughter when she was only a month old. Officials say the infant suffered from more than a dozen fractures after her parents had a "tug of war" with her body.
Allen T. Rockwood, 32, and Christine Tumulty, 34, both of 76 S. Main St., were arrested Wednesday for the alleged abuse. Rockwood admitted to "probably" hurting his daughter when he tried to pull her away from Tumulty in a police interview. The incident happened in October.
The child reportedly had several broken bones in various stages of healing and the injuries are believed to have occurred over a month, according to Police Chief Larry Streeter. The injuries were discovered when Tumulty brought the infant to Exeter Hospital with a possible hemorrhage in both eyes and a hip injury. X-rays showed several fractures to her ribs, arms and legs, officials say.
Rockwood is being charged with two counts of second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He allegedly caused several fractures to the infant's arms, legs and ribs by squeezing, twisting and pulling her. He was arraigned via video Thursday morning and held on $250,000 cash bail. Tumulty is being charged with one count of second-degree assault and was released on bail Wednesday night. Both may face additional charges.
The infant is currently in custody of the state's Division of Children, Youth and Families.