Father charged with breaking 4-year-old's leg while football on TV

Prosecutor Jeremy Mull
Prosecutor Jeremy Mull
Fultz home
Fultz home

By Elizabeth Donatelli - bio | email

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A Clarksville man is charged with breaking his 4-year-old son's leg while a big football game was on the TV. 28-year-old David Lee Fultz, Jr. was taken to the Clark County Jail the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Several neighbors said they don't know Fultz and only see him come and go. They have never heard any yelling and the kids do not look unhealthy, but he's facing two counts for battery and another for neglect of his son.

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, TVs across the region were tuned in as the University of Tennessee beat the Kentucky Wildcats for the 26th year in a row. One of those TVs on was in a Clarksville home in the 900 block of Spicewood Drive, but police say what happened inside wasn't a game.

"To inflict injury on a child is one of the most serious crimes a person can commit," said prosecutor Jeremy Mull.

Fultz told police he was playing with the kids and flipped his 4-year-old son over his shoulder when his leg hit the metal bed frame, but Mull isn't buying it.

"The bone that was broken is a larger bone and does require more force than what could have occurred the way that the father said it happened," said Mull.

An ambulance took the boy to Kosair Children's Hospital where doctors determined he had a broken femur. He also had bruises and scratches on his face. Both the boy and his 6-year-old sister told police Fultz hit the boy in the face.

"The father denied inflicting those injuries initially and then some additional evidence led us to believe that he had inflicted those and when confronted with that evidence the father basically took the position that he wasn't going to deny doing that," said Mull.

As of now there is no evidence of alcohol or drugs.

Fultz does not have a record in Clark or Floyd County Indiana or across the river in Jefferson.

He is facing two counts of battery and on of neglect and will be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Clark County.

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