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Coshocton Parents Admit To Abusing Their Baby Boy

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A Coshocton couple is in jail, accused of biting, burning and breaking the bones of their 3-month-old baby boy.

Kelsey Starkey, 20, and Christopher Starkey, 22, are facing felony child endangering charges.

According to investigators, the Starkey's 3-month-old son was hospitalized after being bitten, burned, and suffering multiple broken bones at the hands of his parents.

In an emotional jailhouse interview with NBC4's Denise Alex, the parents admitted to the abuse, and agreed that they don't deserve their child back after what they've done.

"I picked him up around the ribcage and hit his head against the swing," Kelsey said. "I went to change his diaper and he was moving his leg a lot, so I picked up his leg and then put it down too hard and his leg got broke."

Kelsey said she got frustrated with her son and took it out on him in the home where she and her husband lived with her mom. She said it was her mom who called children services.

NBC4's Denise Alex asked, "Did you try to kill the baby?"

"No," she said.

"Do you know your actions could have killed them?" NBC4 asked.

"I know that I could have, but I wasn't trying to," Kelsey said.

Coshocton County authorities said the boy was hospitalized in Akron. The 13-pound baby sustained right femur and fibula fractures, along with 12 fractured ribs.

Christopher Starkey said during the interview that he takes responsibility for the bites and burns to the child. He said that he burned the child with a cigarette in the forehead several times when the boy wouldn't stop crying.

"I tried feeding him. He wouldn't stop crying. I changed him. He wouldn't stop crying. I … tried to burp him. He wouldn't do it. He just cried," Christopher said.

Christopher said his son cried even more during and after the abuse.

"I am crying now because I didn't mean to do it," he said.

"I cry every night because it's so hard. I mean, that's our first baby boy, and we don't get to see him," Kelsey said.

According to one investigator, the alleged abuse is one of the worst he's seen in 25 years of working in law enforcement.

According to Coshocton County Job and Family Services, the child is doing well in foster care and that his health is improving.

A group who protested outside the courthouse Wednesday afternoon is calling for charges of attempted murder.

If convicted, Kelsey and Christopher Starkey face up to eight years in prison.

Christopher's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 13 at 11:15 a.m.

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