Lincoln man accused of breaking 2-year-old’s leg, court documents allege

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Lincoln man is facing a felony child abuse charge after court documents allege he broke a child’s leg.

On Dec. 30, the child’s mother became suspicious after noticing bruises on the toddler’s body.

She also said her child was “acting unusually fussy,” court documents say.

The girl was taken to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, where doctors determined the child had a tibia fracture in her right leg.

Doctors said the injury was not self-inflicted or accidental, according to the documents.

The mother said she and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Darren McKnight, were the only adults who took care of the girl.

On Dec. 29, police allege that McKnight, who had just returned from work, became frustrated while giving the child her bottle and squeezed her leg until it fractured.

He then gave the child back to her mother without saying anything, court documents allege.

McKnight was arrested on Tuesday and charged on Thursday.

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