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Christopher Kaphaem faces 19 felony child abuse counts.
Christopher Kaphaem faces 19 felony child abuse counts.Associated Press

MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin prosecutors charged a former nurse Thursday with abusing multiple infants in a Madison hospital’s intensive care unit, accusing him of bruising them and breaking their bones.

Christopher Kaphaem faces 19 felony child abuse counts involving nine infants. All but one of the counts carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison. The 19th count, intentional child abuse causing great bodily harm, carries a maximum 25 years behind bars.

Kaphaem’s lawyer didn’t return a message Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint, police began investigating reports of injuries to infants in UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital’s infant intensive care unit in February. Hospital staff had documented an array of injuries to nine infants, including bruising, broken ribs, broken legs, and a fractured skull. Kaphaem, 43, inflicted the injuries between March 2017 and February of this year, the complaint said.

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Investigators keyed on Kaphaem, who worked the night shift in the unit, after other nurses told them that he had cared for the babies.

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