Man convicted after he "clobbered" 4-month-old daughter

Man convicted after he "clobbered" 4-month-old daughter
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METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - A jury convicted a Metairie man of beating his 4-month-old daughter, causing a fractured skull, broken wrist and broken leg.

Chase King, 38, faces up to 10 years in prison.

A Children's Hospital doctor notified police on July 15, 2015 about injures to the baby.

King's daughter had a blackened eye, bruising and a small cut on her face, a broken left femur and a broken right wrist. Prosecutors argued that the child's skull was fractured days before she was brought to the hospital.

King, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was the child's primary caregiver while his wife was at work. They lived in an apartment in the 2300 block of Pasadena Ave.

Prosecutors say he denied losing his temper with the child but admitted he slapped her "across the face" as she lay in her crib on the day before the baby was brought to the hospital.

After striking her, he said he called his wife and said, "I just clobbered the kid," according to prosecutors.

King said the head injury might have happened accidentally when he lifted his daughter over his head, causing the child's head to strike the ceiling.

King said the broken wrist could have been caused as he pulled his daughter's arm through a sleeve while dressing her.

When asked about the broken femur, he said, "I have no clue."

King, who holds a master's degree in educational ministry, expressed frustration over his struggle with cerebral palsy and being the primary caregiver in the small apartment, but he denied intentionally harming the child.

King is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 22.

His wife, Judith King, 38, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of child abandonment on Jan. 15, for not going to her daughter's aid after her husband called saying he "clobbered the kid."

She entered an Alford plea, in which she did not admit guilt but pleaded guilty in light of the evidence against her. Judge Schlegel deferred a prison sentence and ordered her to serve one year of active probation.

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