East Lyme man accused of abusing twin infant daughters
EAST LYME, CT (WFSB) – A man from East Lyme is accused of abusing his infant twin daughters, according to police.
Authorities say a medical office in Old Saybrook reported injured infants were at their office. A doctor was performing a one month check up when they noticed the babies had a number of fractures.
The four-week-old twins were then taken to Yale New Haven Hospital’s emergency room, police said.
East Lyme police found one of the infants had 13 fractures while the other one had eight.
Torin Ruleman, 19, was taken into police custody on November 21, authorities said.
Police told Eyewitness News Ruleman is the infants’ father.
Ruleman was charged with two counts of cruelty to persons, two counts of risk of injury to a child, two counts of assault with intent of serious physical injury, and two counts of reckless endangerment first-degree.
He is held on a $200,000 bond and appeared in New London court on Tuesday.
According to court paperwork, one infant had 13 fractures on different parts of her body, including her ribs, arm, and leg. They were all in different stages of healing. The other infant had 8 fractures.
When doctors asked Ruleman how these fractures happened, he says he would toss the infants in the air and catch them.
“The accused stated that he routinely did this to both victims, stating when they were approximately one week old, as a means to stop them from crying,” court paperwork states.
Ruleman also allegedly told police he once fell asleep with one of the girls on him, and that she dropped onto the floor.
Investigators didn’t believe what Ruleman was claiming. A pediatrician from Yale told investigators that the injuries were caused by “repeated acts of physical abuse.”
Ruleman’s girlfriend said he would also hold the babies by the ankles and push their knees into their chest while changing their diapers. When asked by police, if she though he would try and pin the injuries on her, she said, “Never, because knows he’s guilty.”
Ruleman allegedly told investigators he has anger issues, and that the incidents make him think he’s not fit for parenthood.
“If I could just go and leave her with the kids, with the issues I’ve caused, I did bad. If it would help her I would go. I’m not a good parent. I hurt them (the victims) but not intentionally,” says Ruleman.
The twins were placed in foster care.
The judge issued a full no contact protective order and placed Ruleman under GPS monitoring.
Ruleman’s attorney declined to comment.
Ruleman is back in court on Monday.
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