A couple from Suffield faced a judge Thursday after police said they abused a 9-week-old baby.
Christopher Sweeney and Ana Bush have been charged with risk of injury after police said their child had a broken rib, an injured finger and bruises to the face.
Sweeney is also facing assault charges.
In court, it was revealed Sweeney has mental health issues including compulsive and paranoid behavior, along with anger management problems and attention deficit disorder.
According to court documents, Sweeney admitted to police when the couple was questioned in a Suffield home that he had beat his girlfriend in the past. He also revealed during a fight a few weeks ago, he ripped the baby out of her hands, possibly causing the rib fracture by "squeezing to hard," according to the court records.
He added that once he squeezed the newborn's cheek too hard because the baby would not stop crying, calling it a "frustration release," the court records said.
Because of his previous criminal record including larceny and robbery, the judge kept Sweeney's bond at $50,000.
The grandparents of the 9-week-old infant, now in Department of Children and Families custody, had nothing to say about the charges against their daughter as they bonded her out.
The judge was more lenient with Bush because of her clean record.
The 21-year-old mom told police that her boyfriend did have anger issues but is getting better by "punching the walls or doors instead of hitting me."
The judge dropped her bond to $5,000.
The infant is in foster care.
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