Lipscomb professor accused of abusing his 5-week-old daughter

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A Lipscomb University professor was jailed in Sumner County on Thursday and is accused of abusing his five-week-old infant daughter. 

Daniel A. Gordon, 36, of Hendersonville, is charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse.

Gordon was booked into the Sumner County Jail on a $200,000 bond. He is also not allowed to contact the victim or any child under 18 years of age. 

According to court documents, the victim was taken to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for testing after Gordon brought the infant to her pediatrician, claiming he “felt and heard ‘a pop or something’ while swaddling her.”

While at Vanderbilt, the infant was diagnosed with a minimum of five rib fractures as well as fractures in both leg bones. The hospital then notified the Dept. of Child Services.

According to Sumner County officials, Gordon admitted in a non-custodial interview that “his frustration led to him injuring the child.” Officials say he also detailed how the injuries occurred. 

Officials say, Gordon claimed responsibility for his actions and said he was fully aware that he is responsible for injuring the child. 

According to the university, Gordon has been a full-time employee since Aug. 2018. He will be suspended from his position until the investigation into the incident concludes. 

Gordon also reportedly demonstrated how he “restrained” the infant, who he said “fights” him during diaper changes and swaddling. 

Lipscomb University released the following statement Thursday: 

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.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 for updates. 

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