WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – A Mason man will serve eight years in prison for physically abusing his daughter.
33-year-old Jason Bittner’s daughter was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on February 28, 2018, and was diagnosed with injuries including bilateral subdural hemorrhages, hypoxic ischemic brain injury, retinal hemorrhages, 28 rib fractures, a leg fracture, and facial bruising.
Medical professionals determined the injuries to be the result of abusive head trauma.
Upon investigation, authorities discovered that Bittner had abused the child on February 26, 2018.
He admitted to causing the injuries in a statement, in which he said, “[He] was faced with an infant who was endlessly crying and screaming. [His] frustration turned to exasperation and caused him to snap. [He] lost control and shook his baby.”
Investigators also found evidence from Bittner’s phone making it clear that he resented the infant was a girl and that he wanted a son.
Bittner, a trained chiropractor, refused to seek medical treatment for the girl for over two days, instead trying to cover up the abuse and even blaming her for her own injuries.
The child’s long-term prognosis is unknown at this time and Bittner is ordered to have no contact with any minor children.
“Anyone who has ever parented a newborn child understands that it is stressful. But for a father to be so frustrated with a helpless infant that he would physically assault her, cause her to suffer lifelong brain damage, break 28 of her ribs and her leg, and then refuse to get her medical treatment and instead blame others for causing her injuries – it’s just incomprehensible and inexcusable,” says Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell.