Gordon, Daniel

Daniel Gordon

A Sumner County grand jury has issued a three-count indictment against a Hendersonville father who was charged in May with aggravated child abuse.

Daniel Gordon, 37, was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse on May 8 after doctors at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital diagnosed an infant under his care with multiple rib and leg fractures.

The five-week-old had been seen by her pediatrician on May 6 after Gordon said he felt and heard “a pop or something” while swaddling her, according to an arrest affidavit.

The pediatrician referred the infant to Vanderbilt where doctors there diagnosed the child as having a minimum of five rib fractures as well as fractures to each femur.

Gordon, an assistant professor at Lipscomb University, was interviewed by a Sumner County Sheriff’s Office deputy on May 7, and stated that he knew that he was responsible for injuring the child, according to the affidavit.

Following his arrest on May 8 Gordon was suspended by Lipscomb University pending the outcome of his criminal case.

He was released from the Sumner County Jail on May 14 after posting a $200,000 bond.

Gordon was indicted by the grand jury in June on the two aggravated child abuse charges as well as an additional charge of aggravated child neglect. 

He is scheduled to appear in Sumner County Criminal Court on Sept. 19.  Gallatin attorney John Pellegrin is representing Gordon.

Aggravated child abuse/neglect/endangerment of a child younger than eight years of age is Class A felony. If convicted, Gordon faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.

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