A Mosinee man charged with abusing his then 3-month-old child last March will spend four years in prison.
Zachary Oelke, 23, pleaded no contest to one count of child abuse during a plea deal in May; prosecutors agreed to cap his sentence at a maximum of five years in prison. Oelke will also spend four years on extended supervision.
In March 2011, Kronenwetter Police officers were advised that a 3-month-old had been treated at a Weston Hospital for a severely fractured arm. Oelke told doctors his son has fallen off a couch while in his care.
Doctors said the child’s injuries were not consistent with Oelke’s story. After examining the child, it was determine the infant had a fractured skull along with a fractured arm that was already healing.
During an interview with Police Oelke admitted that he had been rough with the child on because the baby would not sleep. According to the criminal complaint, Oelke says he grabbed his son’s arm and bent it backward and felt it pop. He says he thought the bruising may have been caused by his grasp. Oelke say he was unsure what to do so he wrapped the child in blanket and laid the baby on his [Oelke] stomach. Oelke admitted to breaking the child’s arm, but denied causing other injuries.