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EAST LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — An East Lyme father charged with physically assaulting his 4-week-old twin daughters faced a judge Tuesday.

East Lyme police arrested Torin Ruleman, 19, on Monday about a month after he and his girlfriend brought their daughters to Gales Ferry Pediatrics in Old Saybrook on Oct. 13 for their 1-month check-ups. According to court documents obtained by News 8, the couple told staff they “heard a clicking noise in the rib area of both victims.”

The girls were taken to the emergency room at Yale New Haven Hospital after x-rays showed rib fractures. Authorities said the pediatrician contacted the East Lyme Police Department the same day to report suspected abuse.

Torin Ruleman (East Lyme Police Department)

“The observations of the pediatrician, first and foremost, in this case, are really what led to where we are today,” East Lyme police Chief Michael Finkelstein said.

Court documents revealed Ruleman told police he got the idea to toss his babies into the air by watching a YouTube Shorts video and thought it was “adorable.” He said he started “routinely” tossing both babies into the air when they were approximately 1 week old to get them to stop crying.

Ruleman told investigators that one baby rolled off the bed onto a roll of paper towels, but according to court documents, a Yale New Haven pediatrician said the twins suffered their injuries “due to repeated acts of physical abuse.”

According to court documents, one of the babies had 13 fractures in various states of healing, including a broken collarbone, ribs, legs, and arm. The second victim had eight fractures, including broken ribs, arms, and legs, and an eye hemorrhage.

Police said the twins, who are now almost 11 weeks old, are in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.

“The wellbeing of those children and what they have to endure certainly is something that we’re thinking about and always will,” Finkelstein said.

Ruleman is charged with two counts of cruelty to person(s), two counts of risk of injury to a child, two counts of assault with the intent of serious physical injury, and two counts of reckless endangerment.

The 19-year-old’s attorney had wanted him not to have to wear a GPS ankle bracelet so he could live with family members who are in the military out of state, but the judge denied that request.

The judge issued two no-contact protective orders against Ruleman. He was released on a $200,000 bond and is due back in court on Nov. 28.

Police said they are not ruling out other arrests or charges in this case.