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Eagan Man Accused of Repeatedly Injuring Infant Daughter

Derek Dell Schindler faces two counts of malicious punishment of a child.

An Eagan man has been arrested on a warrant charging him with malicious punishment of a child after authorities say he violently shook his infant daughter and repeatedly twisted her legs, causing fractures to her ribs and bleeding in her brain.

Derek Dell Schindler, 31, faces two felony charges: malicious punishment of a child resulting in substantial bodily harm and malicious punishment of a child, each of which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Schindler, who was arrested Monday in Burnsville, remains in the Dakota County Jail on a $100,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled for Sept. 19 in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.

According to the criminal complaint, Schindler and the child’s mother took the 11-week-old baby to her regular pediatrician in St. Paul on June 14.

The baby’s mother told the doctor that she was worried about her daughter’s right leg, which had been swollen for two weeks. The doctor x-rayed the leg and discovered a femur fracture.

The pediatrician advised the parents to take the baby to the Children’s Hospital emergency room immediately. However, a friend of Schindler’s told police that Schindler told the child’s mother in the parking lot that they should wait until the next day to take the baby to an emergency room in Burnsville, shouting at her when she cried and pleaded with him to take the baby to the hospital right away.

The family returned to their Eagan apartment, where the baby’s mother continued trying to convince Schindler to take the baby to the emergency room, the witness said. The woman finally called Schindler’s father and asked him to come and help her get the child to the hospital.

Schindler’s father collected the baby and her mother and took them to the hospital, with Schindler following in a separate car.

Doctors at Children’s Hospital performed full-body x-rays, along with MRI and CAT scans. The tests revealed not only the original femur fracture, but a tibia fracture on the baby’s right leg, and as many as nine healing rib fractures, according to the complaint.

CT and MRI scans revealed that the baby also had blood in her brain, the complaint says.

Doctors said the injuries were consistent with grabbing, twisting or jerking the legs, and violent squeezing or shaking.

A nurse practitioner met separately with each parent. The baby’s mother said she works outside the home as a house cleaner, and Schindler, who was unemployed, took care of the child. Schindler told the nurse practitioner that about two weeks earlier, he leaned forward over the baby to keep the cat from jumping on her, and heard a “pop” sound.

Schindler later told police that he had not harmed the baby. He said that when the pediatrician told them to take the baby to the emergency room because of the fracture in her leg, he thought they could treat it at home “because she was moving her leg fine,” according to the complaint.

The baby’s mother told a detective and a social worker that she had noticed a mark on the baby’s back in May, and that she had called a nurses’ line with questions about bruises on her back. Later in May, the mother said, she noticed a mark on the baby’s lower forearm. She said that whenever she expressed concern about the child, Schindler told her that the baby was fine and didn’t need medical attention.

The baby was discharged from the hospital on June 21 and placed in foster care.

Jeannie Peterson August 27, 2011 at 03:34 PM
What a coward beating on his defenseless infant daughter. I sure hope when he is convicted of this horrific crime that he gets special attention in prison by his prison mates. Schindler should not even be able to breath the same air as the rest of society. I know that people are innocent until proven guilty, but I have insight to this entire case and this piece of #^$% is dangerous and should be locked up for a long time. I hope that justice is sought out in this case and other cases where parents abuse their defenseless children. What a shame.
georgie johnston August 27, 2011 at 09:01 PM
this son of bitch needs to die, he doesnt deserve to breath the same air as that little baby
georgie johnston August 27, 2011 at 09:11 PM
and I too have a personal insight to this case, he is a monster and should NEVER be around children, and he should never be able to father anymore children, he only knows how to hurt them.
Lauraine Maddox August 28, 2011 at 07:38 AM
I also have a personal interest in this matter, that Bastard of a Coward, #1 HARMING A DEFENSELESS BABY, who he knows, is what makes me so SICK, just has to take all the PAIN, that DRONE gives and does to her because the more she screams and crys, he is one of the many DRONES out there, this just feeds his "ego" as being the "Big Tough Guy" who feeds on DEFENSELESS BABIE'S or anyone or anything THAT CAN"T FIGHT BACK!!!!" This Bastard had it "made in the shade" according to him. He couldn't have it any better in "what is loosely interpretted" as a mind. I DON'T CARE!!!! This particular case hits too close to home for me and I PRAY, but I know it is God"s Hands, but, please, Schlinder, ROT!!! My Prayer for you is you ROT and HURT so BAD on this EARTHLY WORLD, you are going to Pray yourself for HELL!!!!!!! (I think I already did) before I get on my Bandbox, #2, that Precious Little STRONG GIRLS, Great Grandma Georgie and I have been friends since 1953 and what she feels I can feel as can ANYONE who is going to FIGHT FOR and LOVE THE DEFENSELESS and especially ANY BABY and especially when it is your own. There are getting to be too many of these "Schindler's" out in Society, it is getting worse and there is going to have to start being some STRONGER, MORE CONSEQUENCES for "Schindler's" on this Earth. Of course I know they are "sick" but I DON'T CARE. They aren't so sick, they can't make "Choices." We all have "Crosses to Bear" It just depends on how we run with them.
Lauraine Maddox August 28, 2011 at 08:37 AM
Why are the Comments above "Flagged" as Inappropriate, or Delete? What other words, when you read the article above, and read what that DRONE did to that innocent Baby, who came into this world as a Premie, to boot and has had to FIGHT!!!!! from the very minute she came into this World, and worse yet!!!!, Schindler knew this as the "Sperm who brought The Sweetheart into this World" and KNEW what she had been through!!!!!, and still could HARM his own Blood as Seriously as what he did and "MAYBE" he will get 10 years with a $10,000 Fine!!!!!! This Baby is GOING TO BE "LIVING LIFE", NEVER FREE, not knowing as she goes through her whole life, if she is going to be "Burdened with Consequences" from this Drone's ABUSE. To all who make the "choice's" of what you allow the Public to read. In all Seriousness!!!!! I so sincerely Pray that you are NEVER BURDENED or know someone close to you who has gone through what the Familie's above have gone through and like I said, can do nothing but PRAY, PRAY, PRAY, that their Little Baby is not Burdened with Consequences's for the rest of her life from this Drone.
Sue Lane August 29, 2011 at 04:07 AM
I too, personally love this little baby and her Mother and I KNOW he will get his due.....whether in prison or in Hell, but he will know pain!! I hope that more people will THINK about these innocent babies and know that they have to live with the consequences of the actions of their parents and that the justice system will make them accountable for their unconsionable actions!
Amanda Lewis July 21, 2012 at 11:23 PM
One thing this article doesnt tell you is that this is the second time he did this. My son now has to spend the rest of his life physically and mentally disabled because of him. I cannot wrap my mind around this. How could he do this to a second child??? My condolences go out to the mother and baby. I know EXACTLY what you are feeling.
mrobin November 30, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Holy crap.!! Beware of this man. He robbed my parent's house about 5-6 years ago. He stole my mother's wedding ring, over a hundred dvd's and more jewelry among other things of less importance. Eagan police never looked into this person. Thanks Eagan for all your hard work!

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