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Affidavit: Man frustrated with "fussy" newborn fractures child's leg

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Nicholas Cruz, jail booking photo Nicholas Cruz, jail booking photo
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A Portland man frustrated by his newborn daughter acting "fussy" pulled her across a bed by her foot and fractured her leg, according to court documents.

A detective was called to Doernbecher Children's Hospital on reports of an injured baby on Oct. 15.

The parents were interviewed and a probable cause affidavit states they told the detective they did not know how the 13-day-old girl sustained the leg injury and reported no unusual occurrence that could have caused it.

During a follow-up interview, the baby's father, 21-year-old Nicholas Cruz, told a different story, according to court documents.

A probable cause affidavit states Cruz told police he was frustrated by his wife "nitpicking" him about the way he cares for the infant and he was also frustrated because the child was being "fussy."

Cruz said the girl was in the middle of the bed when he pulled her abruptly by her foot over to the edge of the bed and then quickly and roughly picked her up out of frustration, according to the affidavit.

His wife had left the room, court documents state, but returned when the baby began crying loudly.

Cruz said he knew he was too rough and immediately felt bad about it, but he did not tell his wife what he had done, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Cruz was initially arraigned Nov. 6 and then indicted Tuesday on charges of first-degree criminal mistreatment and third-degree assault.

He is out of jail on a pre-trial release.

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