NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) –A Navy seaman had his bond increased at an arraignment Friday in an abuse case involving his two-month old baby boy that a doctor called “one of the worst cases” she has seen.
Judge Kevin McMahon sent a message in this case, setting defendant Jordan Rittenhouse’s bond at $500,000 cash. He was arrested Thursday on charges of assault and risk of injury to a minor.
News 8’s Tina Detelj reports that according to an affidavit, the baby had approximately 29 broken bones.
According to court papers, Rittenhouse’s wife brought the infant to the hospital because he wasn’t eating or taking his pacifier. She was concerned he suffered from the same “brittle bone disease’” she has but that wouldn’t have caused the extensive injuries he suffered.
Jordan Rittenhouse later told police he was under a lot of pressure while in submarine school and would get frustrated with the baby. He “… admitted to squeezing the victim so tight… ” he knew it was wrong and stopped.
Seaman Jordan Rittenhouse ordered held on $500,000 cash bond. His son reportedly had 29 broken bones. dr says of the worst cases ever seen
— tina detelj (@tinadetelj) August 29, 2014
In the affidavit, Dr. Andrea Asnes of Yale Children’s Hospital said she was “surprised the victim was alive” and said this was “one of the worst cases of serious physical injury she has seen in her career.”
Rittenhouse, 24, is a seaman apprentice with the Navy and a student in the submarine school. He enlisted in 2013 and has been living on base in Connecticut.
Judge McMahon told the court, “I’ve never seen a doctor that’s the head of a department at Yale say that this is the worst thing she’s ever seen. 29 fractures surprised the kid’s alive.”
“What he run the baby over with a car? 29 fractures. Come on,” said Kevin Rodgers, who was in court on Friday.
“The guy must be an animal, a complete disgrace to society, especially representing our military,” said Heather Salomonson, who was also in the courtroom.
Emotions ran high among many who watched Rittenhouse face charges of assault and risk of injury to a minor. One time he said he squeezed the baby and thought he had “punctured a lung.”
“I hope to god the child is okay and I pray for the family,” says Salomonson.
Rittenhouse is due back in court September 10th.