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A Bar Nunn man faces allegations he abused a 3-month-old boy, breaking his bones.

Prosecutors filed paperwork Monday charging Christopher C. Denman, 32, with two counts of felony child abuse in the case.

Denman appeared Monday in Natrona County Circuit Court, where a judge set his bond at $2,000, pursuant to a negotiation between the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office and Denman’s attorney, Rich Jamieson.

Jamieson declined Tuesday afternoon to comment for this story.

According to court documents filed by prosecutors, a sheriff’s investigator began looking into the case Nov. 7, after staff at the Wyoming Medical Center diagnosed the baby with a broken femur and shoulder blade. Staff also said they suspected the boy had broken three ribs, although they later rescinded that diagnosis.

A day before law enforcement learned about the injuries, a doctor at the hospital admitted the child for “non-accidental trauma,” the documents state.

The child had a history of being underweight, and when he was admitted to the hospital, he weighed less than 9 pounds.

When interviewed by the investigator, the doctor said the baby’s injuries were not accidents, “beyond a shadow of a doubt,” according to the documents.

The investigator on Nov. 7 interviewed Denman. Denman said he heard the child’s leg “pop” when he was feeding the baby, the documents state. He said the child’s shoulder injury happened when he squeezed the baby “out of love,” the documents state. Denman said all of the child’s injuries were accidental.

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Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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