The child was taken to a hospital and was diagnosed with a broken femur, the Globe reported. Doctors also observed extensive bruising on the girl's lower back, buttocks and upper leg. They reported the incident as suspected child abuse, the newspaper reported.
According to investigators, Breeding said he came home from work and learned from Foresee that their daughter had been misbehaving and would not clean her room. He said he spanked the girl "harder than he should have" and sent her to her bedroom to clean it.
When he checked later and the room still had not been cleaned, Breeding said he pushed the girl into her dresser, according to investigators.