Father who admitted to beating 2-month-old given 6 months in prison

Mug shot of Richard Root (WCMH Photo)

OSHKOSH, Wisc. (WCMH)  — A man who pleaded no contest to causing more than 20 broken bones and brain bleeding to his two-month-old daughter will spend six months in prison.

Richard Root was sentenced to six months in prison and seven years of probation, WGBA reported.

“My daughter means everything to me,” Root said in court. “I’m her father and I’m supposed to be her protector, but I let her down. I let myself down, my family down, my wife down, but most importantly, this little girl.”

He faced a possibility of more than 12 years in prison.

Investigators Root took his two-month-old daughter to Aurora Hospital on March 3, 2017. Due to her injuries the child was taken to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee by helicopter.

Investigators say the two-month-old sustained at least 20 broken bones. They say these injuries were in various stages of healing.

The child also had multiple brain bleeds and bruises on her face and head.