SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - A Southaven man indicted for allegedly
squeezing his 4-month-old daughter and causing four of her ribs to
fracture has been acquitted of child abuse charges.
A DeSoto County jury found 19-year-old Brian D. Barito innocent
Friday after hearing two days of testimony.
In a written statement to police, Barito acknowledged he
squeezed the infant, but he said he did not realize he had injured
her. He also said his wife called him at work hours later to say
the infant fell from a swing and may be hurt.
Testimony from two doctors - one who treated the infant and
another who examined her medical records - agreed that the
squeezing or a fall could have caused the infant's injuries.
Information from: DeSoto Times Today, http://www.desototimes.com