Sparta Man Sentenced After Newborn Found With 19 Broken Bones

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — David Steiger was sentenced Tuesday to between three-and-a-half and 10 years behind bars for a first-degree child abuse charge after his newborn son was found with 19 broken bones last summer.

Steiger was arrested July 2, 2013 and according to MLive pleaded no contest to first-degree child abuse in January.

According to medical documents reviewed by investigators, Steiger said he may be responsible for the injuries but can’t remember because he blacked out.

He said his son fell off the couch while he was watching him, and he admitted to police that he pushed his son’s leg until he heard a “pop” sound.

That sound, according to police, was the baby’s femur and tibia breaking.  The remaining broken bones were discovered after the infant was taken to the hospital.

“I didn’t do it on purpose. It wasn’t intentional,” Steiger said in a jailhouse interview with FOX 17 in July.

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  • Cheri

    Someone ought to take him out and do the same to him. Why should he be allowed any rights? He shouldn't be allowed to share our oxygen…disgusted!

    • guest

      our courts do not carry out justice the same for crimes against kids. until the courts stop allowing plea deals in cases involving child abuse there will never be justice.

      • UncleHoot

        This infant almost certainly had a metabolic bone disorder or connective tissue disorder that went undiagnosed, and that is very unfortunate for everyone involved. In cases of actual abuse of this magnitude, the infant would not be recovering. Don't you think it's odd that changing a diaper could result in 19 fractures?

        This case stinks to high heaven, but not because of anything this man did, but rather, what was done to him. Very sad.

    • Just ME

      I have watched this video and must say… My sister lost 5 of her children due to one child have a broken femar bone. that she never knew was broke. She took her daughter to the er when she noticed her 2 yr old was acting weird. She left the hospital minus her child and wasn't even allowed to see her. After this happened CPS came in and removed the other 4. Her oldest child was 10 and youngest was under a yr old. This had never happened to any of her other child. The state now has her children and she gets no visitation! (I dont believe my sister would deliberately hurt her child).

  • UncleHoot

    And if you've got an hour to spend, there's this one too.

    It sounds to me like he's a bit naive, and the police and doctors convinced him that "nothing else could have caused these injuries." I've studied scores of these cases of false accusations, and given the young age of the infant, this seems to fit the profile to a T.

    Congratulations, we have probably just sentenced another innocent man to prison.

      • UncleHoot

        I'm Republican, but I'm not sure how that's relevant.

        What's wrong with me? I'm really sick and tired of seeing families ripped apart, lives destroyed, and innocent people being sent to prison for crimes that never occurred. Google Jayden Wray some time. The U.K. seems to be on a slow path toward actual understanding of the underlying causes of multiple unexplained fractures in infancy. In the U.S., we just continue to bury our heads in the sand.

        Had I known about this case sooner, I would have offered free assistance to this young man and his family, as I have done in many other situations. Unfortunately, there isn't much anyone can do at this point. But 3 1/2 years isn't bad. It could have been much worse.

        Keep you head in the sand. Point your fingers. Call people monsters. And I will continue to pray that you never find someone you care about in this same position.

        • Ali

          If you read up on the case and previous statements David has made you will realize that this is not the case. He had admitted that he had not taken Jaxon to the hospital because he knew that CPS would be all over him. David was not innocent by any means.

  • Grandpa

    You're a Hoot Uncle. Might be the case except they tested for bone issues while in the hospital. Also funny he sustained 25 breaks and fractures in the first 3 weeks of his life and none in the later 30 weeks when the father's been locked up. How about the bloody tongue when the doctors said he bit it? Hasn't done that since dad's been locked up either. Innocent man? More like a guilty excuse for a man who got off easy.

    • UncleHoot

      That actually isn't unusual at all. In fact, that is perfectly normal. What they tested for was osteogenesis imperfecta. What they did not test for, were connective tissue disorders and metabolic bone diseases, such as congenital rickets. I'm somewhat familiar with Helen DeVos Children's Hospitals practices.

      Since you seem to know something about this case, I will assume that you may be a family member. Tell me, does the mother have skin that seems quite a bit more stretchy than the average person? Does she have thumbs or fingers that seem to bend far more, or in different ways than the average person? Has she had broken bones or dislocations? These same symptoms may apply to the father as well, but in my experience, they often come from the mothers side.

      I can't force anyone to listen, but over time, I think you will begin to see the truth. At least we can hope. Watch the videos I posted. If you want more information, just ask. I have volumes.

      • Ali

        You didnt answer is question. How do you explain the numerous broken bones in the first 3 weeks of his life and once his so call father was out of the picture he had none?

        • UncleHoot

          I've posted two lengthy videos on that topic. If you had watched them, perhaps your questions would be answered.

          But since you probably don't have time for that, the reason is quite simple. There was only one true fracture, and that apparently occurred while changing a diaper. Does this sound familiar?

          If you can't watch a video, feel free to read this:

          I can list several other cases very similar, and the the reporter that covered the Huber case has been inundated with many similar stories. Something that I can almost guarantee, is that the fractures that were found appeared to be "in various stages of healing," but to the staff at Helen DeVos, that wouldn't have made a lot of sense in a 3-week old, so they thought it would be best to ignore that detail, since it didn't fit with their narrative of a single "diaper changing" incident. Of course I'm speculating about many of these details, but having read account after account after account, you begin to see a pattern.

  • Tracy

    What I am appalled at this sentence I know people who are serving more time for stealing to feed their children ! I would like to know why does his family have money or tied in politics? Please come lock me up with this punk .I did 6 1/2 to 17 and did the 6 1/2 this punk will be out in less then 2 .I was locked up for fighting with a drunk 15 years older then me. So you tell me something here is not fishy and I had no prior convictions either.This punk beats a child and breaks 19 baby's bones and gets a slap on the wrist. People always talk bad when I say we need to change the laws to protect our children and other things because I find this punk no better then one who rapes a child and I feel lock them up for life as you have destroyed and robbed them of there life but yet we put more value on money as rob a bank face life automatically.

    • guest

      because these kids cant vote the courts do not hold up to the same standard, there are so many appalling cases against kids were the abusers are never charged or given light sentences while the child has to receive medical treatment for their injuries the rest of their life