Foster father accused in abuse of infant daughter that resulted in 35 fractures

Kyle Rice (Photo via WTHR)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) -- An Indiana man is facing child abuse charges after the baby girl in his care was seriously injured, WTHR reports.

Kyle Rice, 26, is charged with physically abusing his now-two-month-old foster daughter.

Doctors say the baby suffered up to 35 fractures to a leg, ribs, hands and feet.

Police say it happened just before Christmas. Court papers say the infant was particularly fussy while mom was gone, “spitting out milk from her bottle and had an accident while Kyle Rice changed her diaper.”

An affidavit says the child “continued to cry and wouldn’t calm down.” At that point, Rice allegedly admits, “he squeezed her forcefully against his body...bending her legs backwards towards her back.” He then put the baby on an ottoman and squeezed her hands and feet together.

“He squeezed her for about ten seconds and he knew he had done it too hard,” police said.

A doctor told police if the baby wasn’t removed from the abuser’s home right away, “she is at significant risk of further, possibly fatal, injury.”

WTHR reports that Kyle Rice and his wife have one birth child, plus the newborn foster child who was injured and three children they brought in as foster kids then adopted last year.

“This family was perfect," Michelle, the birth mother of three other children, told the station. “They’re churchgoers.”

As an open adoption, Michelle has outings with her children. The injured infant is not hers but now she worries for the others.

“I feel like this wasn’t just a first-time thing,” she said. “You’re not a parent, you’re not a foster parent if you can harm a child like that. That’s not right.”

Investigators continued their work at the suspect’s house Thursday night.

Michelle said she’ll have a lot of questions for police and for state officials when she gets back to Indiana.

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