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Sterling man jailed for child abuse

Police say he injured 5-week-old daughter

STERLING – A Sterling man was arrested Thursday after prosecutors say he physically abused his 5-week-old daughter in September, sending her to the hospital with “significant injuries,” including rib fractures and brain hemorrhaging.

Police say that on Sept. 16, authorities responded to a call about an infant who was found unresponsive and not breathing at a home in the 1800 block of Locust Street.

She was flown to a Rockford hospital, where she was stabilized.

On Thursday, Terrance L. Jordan, 21, of Sterling, was charged with aggravated battery to a child.

Brownell said that Jordan’s account of what happened was inconsistent with the injuries the infant sustained. He also said that doctors were able to determine that the injuries weren’t accidental.

In court documents filed Thursday, prosecutors say that Jordan “squeezed [his daughter] with such force that her ribs were fractured” and that by “causing her head to hit the floor with such force, she suffered an intracranial hemorrhage.”

According to police, it was determined during the monthlong investigation that the abuse happened more than once.

In August 2012, Jordan pleaded guilty to aggravated battery in a public place and domestic battery; in 2010, he pleaded guilty to burglary.

He is in Whiteside County Jail on $500,000 bond. He will be in court today.

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