On Friday September 14, 2012, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the criminal complaint of child abuse in which the victim is a three-month-old female. The suspect is the child’s biological father, 23-year-old Mark A. Bingle of Troy, Missouri.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives received the information after the child was admitted to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis with multiple bodily injuries to include but not limited to rib fractures, fracture of the leg, and bruises on the knee and back area.
During an interview with detectives, Bingle admitted to placing the infant on his lap and squeezing her on several occasions. Bingle stated he could her cracking noises while doing so. Bingle also advised he had placed the infants head in to a pillow on several occasions in attempt to stop her from crying. Bingle stated all the incidents started around June and continued until about one week ago.
The child is currently still hospitalized at Cardinal Glennon. She is expected to recover from her injuries.
Bingle is currently being held in the Lincoln County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash only bond.