A Coeur d’Alene man is accused of breaking the leg of his fiancée’s child last week.
Michael R. Edinger, 27, is jailed on two counts of cruelty to children after he and his fiancée, Rebecca L. Mullin, took Mullin’s 2-year-old son to Kootenai Medical Center on Saturday with what nurses said was an “unexplainable broken leg,” according to a police report.
Mullin sobbed during interviews with police, but Edinger “sat emotionless,” according to the report prepared by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.
Nurses told police the boy’s injury – a spiral fracture of the left femur – is rare and most likely caused by abuse.
The boy also had broken bones that appeared to have been inflicted several weeks ago, nurses said.
The couple, who work at Buck Knives in Post Falls, initially blamed the boy’s injuries on his clumsiness, but Edinger eventually told police he’d lost his temper and broken the boy’s leg while changing his diaper Friday, police said.
Edinger remains in the Kootenai County Jail on $100,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled Oct. 7.
Meghann M. Cuniff