LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - A North Andover couple has been found guilty of abusing a weeks-old infant.
A Superior Court judge on Thursday found 34-year-old Steve Amos guilty of charges including multiple counts of assault and battery on a child and permitting injury to a child.
The Eagle-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1chcpIV ) reports that the baby's mother, 33-year-old Heather Dragotta, was convicted of permitting injury to a child.
Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 5.
The abuse occurred while the pair lived together in North Andover in 2010.
Doctors determined that the 5 ½-week-old child had 21 fractures and a brain hemorrhage consistent with violent shaking.
The couple claimed she suffered from a lack of copper and a vitamin D deficiency, known as infantile rickets, which led to the breaks.
The girl now lives with her biological father.
Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com
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