Carthage father sentenced after 5-year-old girl injured

CARTHAGE, Mo. – A 27-year-old Carthage father was sentenced to seven years in prison for severely injuring his 5-year-old daughter because she didn’t clean her room.

Lance C. Breeding was sentenced Monday for felony child abuse after he accepted a plea deal.

The Joplin Globe reports the girl’s leg was broken and her body was covered with bruises when she was taken to a Carthage hospital on Jan. 11.

Prosecutors say Breeding pushed or threw his daughter into a dresser in her bedroom. He also told investigators he spanked the girl harder than he should have after being told she was misbehaving and wouldn’t clean her room.

Doctors who treated her reported the case as suspected child abuse.

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