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Troopers with the West Virginia State Police said Wednesday that Richard Osborne has a clean record, but they said his first crime is horrific.  "Most of us in the State Police are fathers and mothers and it's difficult when you're dealing with a case where a child has been abused," said Trooper Brian Young. 

Court documents said CPS workers called the State Police Tuesday after Osborne brought one of his 7-week-old twin girls to Women's and Children's hospital in Charleston.  Trooper Young and Trooper Brandon Smith, both of the Clay detachment drove to Charleston to check on the welfare of that baby.  

When they arrived, they said they were told she had broken ribs, arms, legs, and several brain bleeds.  Young said the girl's father, Osborne, admitted to abusing her to get her to stop crying.  Young said Osborne also admitted that he had done the same thing to his other daughter a week prior.  

"To get an idea, these babies are about the size of a large house cat right now," Young said.  "To see them in this condition is extremely disturbing."  Young said Osborne had full custody of the twins.  Their mother lost custody after a long battle with drug addiction," he said.

Young said despite going on numerous calls on a day to day basis, cases like the one never become routine.  "When you get a call about a child being injured like these children and then you get there and see them, it's not a case any of us want to get," he said.  "At the same time, you want to solve it and you want to make sure that those responsible pay for it." 

Osborne is being held at Central Regional Jail on $160,000 bond.  Troopers said he is being charged with at least for counts of child abuse at this point in the investigation.

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