Dearborn Co. dad gets 48 years in baby abuse case

DEARBORN COUNTY, IN (FOX19) - A Dearborn County dad is sentenced to 48 years for abusing his 7 week old daughter.

Joshua Schulkers, 23, was convicted of multiple counts of battery and neglect of a dependant.

In October of 2011, Joshua Schulkers' newborn baby girl was taken to Cincinnati Children's hospital.

According to a press release, the hospital discovered the baby had a skull fracture, seven rib fractures and a lacerated liver.

Officers say Schulkers gave different accounts of what happened to the child. Later, Schulkers told police "he squeezed her until he heard a noise".

In court, the judge sentenced Schulkers to the maximum of 48 years.

The judge cited the nature and circumstances of the crimes, Schulkers' lack of remorse and his violation of court orders.

The girl survived the attack.