Father admits he could have killed baby by squeezing

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TROY, MO (KTVI) – A father is being charged with five counts of child abuse. Mark Bingle, 25 admits that he could have killed his daughter by squeezing her.

The staff at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center reported some unusual injuries to police. They found a three month old suffering from multiple rib fractures, a leg fracture, internal bleeding, bruised knee and back and liver problems. Her parents had no explanation for the injuries.

Bingle told investigators that he placed his daughter between his thigh and his chest. He would squeeze her hard enough to hear bones cracking but thought the sound may be her back. When the infant began to cry he would force her head into a pillow. Police said he did this to “quiet” the child.

During the same interview Bingle said he suffered from mental and anger issues. He acknowledged he could have killed his daughter by squeezing her.

He had previously been charged with one count of felony domestic assault in September 2012. His bond was reduced from $25,000 to $500. He was then set free after posting bond. Those charges are being dropped.

The case us being re-filed with the Lincoln County Prosecutor’s Office to include four additional counts of domestic assault.

The victim is recovering with her mother.

Bingle is charged with three counts of Felony First Degree Domestic Assault causing serious physical injury and two counts of Felony Second Degree Domestic Assault. He is currently housed at the Lincoln County Jail under a $75,000 cash only bond with no contact with the victim.

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