Matthew Barnett charged with battery of a child

2:41 PM, Mar 18, 2013   |    comments
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GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KSDK) - The Madison County State's Attorney's Office charged a 24-year-old father for allegedly breaking his infant son's legs while watching him last week.

According to Captain T. Mike Dixon, spokesman for the Madison County Sheriff's Office, deputies were notified in the early morning hours of Friday, March 15 by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) that a six-month-old was being treated for non-accidental trauma at a St. Louis hospital.

The boy was being treated for several leg fractures and bruising to his body, Dixon said. Investigators met with the boy's parents and determined his father, Michael Barnett, was responsible for the child's injuries.

The injuries allegedly occurred in the afternoon hours of Tuesday, March 12 while Barnett was watching the child. Investigators said Barnett forcefully tugged at the boy's legs while he was crying, resulting in the fractures.

The child was not taken to the hospital until the early morning hours of March 15, Dixon said.

Authorities found no evidence linking the infant's mother to his injuries.

Barnett was charged with one felony count of aggravated battery of a child. He remains in custody at Madison County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Meanwhile, the child was placed into protective custody by DCFS and remains in the care of a St. Louis area hospital. He's expected to recover from his injuries.


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