SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Salem man whose lawyer said was ‘‘overwhelmed’’ by the responsibilities of fatherhood has been sentenced to jail for two years for breaking his baby daughter’s arm and ribs.
Jason McLaughlin pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of assault and battery on a child causing bodily injury.
Prosecutors say the 23-year-old McLaughlin came home from his overnight job at a supermarket last April and sat down to play video games. Authorities say his 3-month-old daughter would not stop crying, so he yanked her arm.
When the baby was taken to the hospital, doctors also found rib fractures. Prosecutors say McLaughlin admitted to causing the injuries.
The Salem News (http://bit.ly/138hs64 ) reports that McLaughlin’s lawyer said his client suffers from bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety and was driven by ‘‘immaturity and frustration.’’
Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com