PD: 7-month-old girl shaken by father, suffers 15 fractures

Posted at 1:48 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 15:48:32-05

PHOENIX — A 7-month-old girl was allegedly shaken by her father and sustained 15 fractures to her arms and legs.

On October 24, Phoenix police reported that a 7-month-old girl was brought to Phoenix Children's hospital by her parents.

A medical exam showed "multiple fractures to lower and upper extremities" that were determined to be from "non-accidental trauma," according to court records.

When questioned, police said the girl's father, Joshua Richard Cates, 29, admitted to being frustrated with the baby's crying and shook her, causing the injuries.

Phoenix Children's hospital staff said that the girl had a total of 15 fractures.

Cates was arrested on November 13 and charged with two counts of child abuse.

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