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Murfreesboro man indicted in alleged child abuse

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

A Rutherford County grand jury has indicted a Murfreesboro man accused of trying to break his own baby's neck.

And it turns out this isn't the first time Glenn Climer Jr. has been charged with child abuse.

Not only was Climer indicted by a grand jury last week, the child abuse charges he was facing were upgraded.

"They decided more appropriate charges would include attempted second-degree murder and attempted aggravated child abuse, so very serious charges," said Murfreesboro Police Officer Kyle Evans.

It was back in November when police responded to Middle Tennessee Medical Center, where Climer was sitting in the backseat of an SUV holding his then 13-month-old baby tightly.

The baby had a bruise under the left eye. Climer claimed the baby's mother was responsible and refused to let go.

Police say he put his hand around the baby's throat and head and then began to twist as if he was going to neck the baby's neck.

"Luckily they were able to get the baby away from Mr. Climer before any serious long-term injuries or even death could have resulted from that situation," Evans said.

The incident at MTMC was not the first time Climer has reportedly tried to harm one of his children.

In March of last year, Woodbury police were called to a home on Bailey Court in Cannon County.

Climer was there and apparently acting strange. His girlfriend told police he was talking to the ceiling, asking someone to come down and kill him.

When police arrived, Climer grabbed his infant son. And even after being sprayed with mace, he took the baby by both legs and started to pull as if he was trying to tear the child in half, according to police.

He was arrested but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and served out his sentence.

"Mr. Climer has no business acting this way or having custody of any of his children if he continue to use them as hostages and trying to harm them," Evans said.

Climer remains in the Rutherford County Jail on a $100,000 bond. He is scheduled to be formally arraigned on those charges next week.

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