Nicholas Ray Schmitz, 30, of Montevideo, has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for assaulting his own child.

Nicholas Ray Schmitz, 30, of Montevideo, has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for assaulting his own child.

On Nov. 29, 2015, a Monte­video Police officer and a Chippewa County Sheriff's deputy responded to a medical call in the 400 block of Wolfe Avenue of a 6-month old child not breathing.

Schmitz allegedly told officers that he heard his baby daughter crying and found his 19-month-old daughter lying on top of her in a bassinet.

Schmitz told officers the 6-month-old was not breathing, so he picked her up, she vomited and then started breathing again.

The child was transported by ambulance to the Chip­pewa County-Montevideo Hos­pital emergency room and later transported by helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Minne­apolis.

The officers on the scene said Nicholas Schmitz was very calm, and it seemed odd to them that he did not seem upset about his daughter not breathing.

A thorough examination of the baby at Children’s Hospital on Nov. 29, 2015, and a follow-up exam on Dec. 14, 2015, revealed several injuries consistent with child abuse: subdural hemorrhage, brain injury, retinal hemorrhages and three healing fractures of her right ribs.

According to the report, the amount of force required to cause these fractures would have been far beyond what is appropriate in the routine care of an infant.

“The clinical picture is of an infant who has been severely physically abused, likely on multiple occasions. She suffered egregious harm and severe injury. It is extremely important she be placed in a safe environment,” concluded the report.

Nicholas Ray Schmitz was sentenced on Dec. 6, 2016, to one felony charge of third-degree assault. Charges of felony first-degree assault and gross misdemeanor domestic assault were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Schmitz also, as part of the plea agreement, gave up his parental rights to the two children.

Schmitz is currently incarcerated at the Minnesota Depart­ment of Corrections in St. Cloud.


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