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Oshkosh man reaches plea agreement in child abuse case

Richard Root (Winnebago County Sheriff's Office photo)
Richard Root (Winnebago County Sheriff's Office photo)(WBAY)
Published: Aug. 9, 2017 at 11:50 AM CDT
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An Oshkosh man who was accused of abusing his young daughter has reached a plea agreement.

Richard Root, 21, pleaded "no contest" Wednesday to a charge of Neglecting a Child (Consequence is Great Bodily Harm).

The court found him guilty and ordered a sentencing hearing for Oct. 20.

Oshkosh Police said Root was arrested March 3 after he took his then two-month-old daughter to the hospital. Due to the extent of her injuries, the girl was airlifted to Children's Hospital.

Police said the child had at least 20 broken bones. The injuries were in various stages of healing, according to the police department.

The girl also suffered multiple brain bleeds and bruises to the face and head.

The child was released from the hospital and placed with a family member.

Root was initially charged with Child Abuse - Recklessly Causing Great Harm. His charge was reduced as result of a plea deal.