A Greenwood man who broke his infant son’s arm was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to first-degree battery in Sebastian County Circuit Court.
Bobby Joe Singletary, 28, also received an additional 15-year suspended sentence.
An investigation was opened when Singletary and the child’s mother, Louisa Moore, took the baby to the emergency room at Mercy Medical Center on Oct. 31 with numerous injuries.
An initial X-ray revealed the infant’s right arm was broken, which Singletary claimed happened when he dropped the boy about 6 inches while putting him in a playpen, according to a Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Additional X-rays at Mercy revealed healing fractures of a bone in his right shoulder and six ribs, according to the report, while further examination at Arkansas Children’s Hospital revealed healing fractures of the left femur and right forearm.
During an interview with investigators, Singletary claimed the femur fracture possibly occurred when he accidentally sat on his son’s leg, and the rib fractures could have happened from hugging the baby too tightly or when he would throw him up in the air and catch him, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Singletary could offer no explanation for the collarbone or forearm fractures, according to the affidavit.
Test conducted at ACH determined the child didn’t suffer from “brittle bone disease” and a doctor determined a six-inch fall wouldn’t explain the child’s injuries.