Bond reduced for Kraig Monroe accused of beating girlfriend's child

1:28 PM, May 13, 2010   |    comments
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KSDK -- A man accused of critically beating the two-year-old daughter of his girlfriend was granted a lower bond.

A Belleville, Illinois judge said Thursday that when the defendant, Kraig Monroe, was originally given a half-million dollar bond, it was because the court was under the impression that the injured child was going to die.

Amanda Runyon survived, and is now being cared for by her father.

Monroe faces felony charges. Investigators said he was babysitting Amanda when he beat her over a three day period. Her injuries were so severe that doctors had to remove a quarter of her intestines.

Monroe pleaded not guilty and his family insists he is innocent.

The defendant's attorney asked that the bond be reduced to $200,000. But the judge only lowered it to $300,000 because of Monroe's criminal past, which includes burglary.

Amanda's father and his family were in court for the ruling. "The only reason he is released because our grand daughter didn't die, but the attackers intent was the same. There is no reason why he should be let loose," said Pam Runyon, Amanda's grandmother.

10 percent of the bond, or $30,000 in cash, has to be paid before Monroe can make bond.

If he does make bond he would be required to wear a tracking bracelet.

Monroe's family was in court Thursday but refused to comment on camera.


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