Ronald J. Brummer, 27, Plover, was charged with felony child abuse and substantial battery.
On April 10, 2012, a Neenah doctor contacted the Waupaca County Health and Human Services Department. He reported examining a 2-month-old infant with bruises on his eye and ear and three fractures in his left leg.
The parents, who lived in Waupaca, had no explanation for the injuries.
The following day, Detective Sgt. Brian Hoelzel and an investigator with child protective services went to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Appleton. They spoke with the child’s mother.
The mother said when she returned home from work on April 9, 2012, she noticed the baby’s leg was swollen. Brummer had been watching the baby during the day.
On April 10, the mother took the baby to Affinity in Neenah where a doctor performed X-rays and discovered the fractures.
According to the criminal complaint, Brummer initially told Hoelzel the baby’s leg was injured by a rocking chair.
When Hoelzel pointed out there were actually three fractures to the baby’s leg, Brummer then admitted he had become frustrated with the baby while changing his diaper, pulled his leg and twisted it.
Ten days after questioning Brummer about the alleged child abuse, Hoelzel was investigating him on a domestic abuse complaint.
A Waupaca woman said Brummer had physically assaulted her on three separate occasions since January 2012.
In May 2012, Brummer was charged in Waupaca County with felony strangulation, three counts of battery and three counts of disorderly conduct. All but two counts of disorderly conduct were dismissed and read into the record in June 2012. He was sentenced to nine months in jail with 60 days credit for time served.
Also in June 2012, a Portage County judge revoked Brummer’s probation on a 2008 burglary conviction and sentenced him to two years in state prison with 390 days credit for time already spent in county jail.
Brummer was released from prison on May 3, 2013.
On May 10, a restraining order against Brummer was filed in Waupaca County Circuit Court and granted on May 21.