Police: Man Breaks Infant’s Leg For Interrupting Video Game


A West Virginia man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly abused his girlfriend’s 6-month-old son.

Phillip Campbell, 21, of Morgantown is charged with child abuse resulting in injury and child neglect creating risk of injury, according to West Virginia State Police.

The boy was treated at Ruby Memorial Hospital on September 8 for a spiral fracture to his right leg and a bloody nose.  Police said spiral fractures are commonly considered suspicious in children at that age, especially when no other legitimate explanations are provided.

Police interviewed Campbell after the incident, and he initially lied saying the dog caused the injury, police said.  Finally, he admitted to police that he “roughed him (the child) up a little bit” while his mother was at work because he was crying.  Campbell said he used his fingers against the child’s lips at first but that he kept crying while he was trying to play his video game, so he grabbed the boy’s leg and pulled it “out of frustration.”

Campbell then left the room, police said, to “go cool off.”

Campbell told police he knew he broke the child’s leg and that he didn’t tell the truth right away because he didn’t want to go back to jail.  Police said Campbell had been arrested previously for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

When asked if he had done anything like this before, Campbell told police that he smacked the child’s butt for crying and fussing all day and said that the child wouldn’t listen to him when he told him not to do things.  There was a bruise on the child’s butt, police said. 

Campbell also told police that he often put his hand over the child’s mouth to keep him from crying, trying to get him to “shut up”, and that he has watched the child bang his head on the floor while crawling and would just let it happen.

Campbell was arraigned in Monongalia County Magistrate Court and placed on a $20,000 cash or surety bond.

If anyone has any further information in relation to the case, please contact Sergeant Adam Scott at 304-367-2701.

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