An Arizona father admitted bending his one-month-old daughter backward “until she popped”, US police said.
Adan Flores, 22, was arrested after bringing the infant to the hospital, initially telling staff he and another relative had accidentally sat on her.
He said he was trying to stop the baby from crying.
Officials at Phoenix Children’s Hospital became suspicious and called authorities after assessing the baby’s horrific injuries.
She was suffering from fractured legs, a damaged liver, hemorrhaging eyes, and bleeding from her mouth. Her ribs also showed multiple recent and healing fractures, ABC15 reported.