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Post Falls man sentenced to 10 years for breaking boy’s leg

Fri., Jan. 14, 2011, 3:46 p.m.

A Post Falls man was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for felony injury to a child for breaking the leg of his fiancée’s child, according to the Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Michael Robert Edinger, 27, was charged after he and his fiancée, Rebecca L. Mullin, took Mullin’s 2-year-old son to Kootenai Medical Center Sept. 24 with a broken leg. Mullin’s son was in Edinger’s care at the time he was injured, police said.

Edinger initially said the boy injured himself while they were playing, but nurses said the injury – a spiral fracture of the left femur – is extremely rare and likely caused by abuse. Edinger, who police said “sat emotionless” during an interview, eventually told authorities he “snapped” while changing the boy Sept. 23 and “grabbed the boy’s leg, twisted it, and slammed it to the floor,” police said.

The boy also had several other broken bones that appeared to be weeks old, nurses said.

District Judge Lansing Haynes, who sentenced Edinger, ordered that the first two years of the sentence be fixed, with the remaining eight years being indeterminate.

“The long sentence imposed by Judge Haynes is justified by the nature of this crime, especially taking into consideration that a defenseless child was seriously injured,” Prosecuting Attorney Barry McHugh said in a news release. “Mr. Edinger’s lack of remorse for his conduct is troubling.”



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