Child abuse suspect tried to harm child in March

Child abuse suspect tried to harm child in March (Image 1)

A man arrested in Murfreesboro earlier this week after officers witnessed him trying to break a baby's neck with his bare hands was arrested earlier this year in Cannon County on charges of similar child abuse.

Police in Woodbury arrested Glenn Climer, Jr. on March 28 after he threatened to make a “wishbone” out of a one-year-old child, grabbing the legs of the baby and pulling them as if he were trying to pull the child in half, according to a report in the Cannon Courier.

Climer was visiting his uncle at his Bailey Court home at the time and several others were present.

The paper reported he also used the child as a shield against law enforcement trying to apprehend him.

Climer was charged with aggravated child endangerment, aggravated criminal trespassing and resisting arrest in the case.

The 45-year-old was arrested Monday afternoon at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro by officers who witnessed him put his hands around a baby's throat and twist “as if to break the baby's neck,” according to a Murfreesboro police incident report.

“He was holding the child in a manner that was very threatening got the child,” Spokesperson Kyle Evans of the Murfreesboro Police Department said.

Evans continued, “Officers tried to reason with him and said, 'That's fine, let's go into the ER and have the child checked out.' He basically just flipped on them and said, 'If it's going to be like that, then we're going to do it my way.'”

The 13-month-old child also had bruising under the left eye.

It was not immediately clear if the child involved in the March incident was the same baby involved in Monday's incident.

Climer was charged with child abuse, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer on Monday.  He remained behind bars in the Rutherford County jail as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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