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Lipscomb professor suspended, charged with child abuse of 5-week-old daughter

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Posted at 4:15 PM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 18:29:28-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Lipscomb University professor has been charged abusing his 5-week-old daughter.

Daniel Gordon, 36, was booked in the Sumner County Jail on two charges of child abuse.

According to court documents, Gordon took his daughter to see a pediatrician after he heard "a pop or something" while swaddling her.

The pediatrician then referred them to get further testing.

During the testing, it was found the baby had fractures to at least five ribs and both femurs.

Gordon admitted the next day his frustration led him to injuring the baby.

Court documents revealed Gordon said his young daughter "fights" him during diaper changes and during swaddling.

Gordon also demonstrated how he would "restrain" his daughter.

Gordon works in the College of Liberal Arts and Science. He taught part-time for four years in the College of Bible and Ministry and recently became a full-time professor.

Lipscomb released a statement Thursday saying:
"Daniel Gordon has been employed full-time since August 2018. He has been suspended until the resolution of this unfortunate and sad situation. We are supporting the family during this time by providing pastoral care and intentionally seeking other ways to assist the Gordon family."

Gordon is being held on $200,000 bond.