MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee County judge sentenced 26-year-old Joshua Viane to seven years in prison plus an additional six years of extended supervision in a child abuse case.
Viane pleaded guilty on November to three felony charges -- child abuse – recklessly causing great bodily harm, and two counts of child abuse – reckless probability of great harm.
The details in the criminal complaint are quite disturbing.
On June 30th, the complaint indicates Viane and his wife went to Summerfest, where Viane drank a few beers.
At his Milwaukee home the next morning, he got up with a hangover, and changed his 21-day-old daughter’s diaper, “when he had an urge.” He told investigators “he wanted to squeeze the baby tightly,” and he did. The complaint says he “squeezed the child with so much force that her face turned red and her eyes became bloodshot.”
Medical exams revealed several rib fractures.
The complaint goes on to say that Viane then “pushed his index finger all the way down the child’s throat.” The complaint says Viane had such urges “for the past four years, but the urges intensified within the past two years.”