Central City Man Charged In Connection With Brain Injuries Sustained By SonJudge Mark Stedelin has set bond at $500,000 for a 25-year-old Central City man who has been formally charged with a Class 'X' aggravated battery and reckless conduct charge in connection with severe injuries sustained by his two month old son.
Jeffrey Stoops of South Marion is accused in the aggravated battery charge of shaking and squeezing the infant to such a degree that he suffered a significant brain injury. The reckless conduct charge claims Stoops caused great bodily harm or permament disability for recklessly squeezing and throwing the infant into the air multiple times to such a degree that the two-month old sustained a signifigant brain injury.
Marion County State's Attorney Matt Wilzbach says the infant remains hospitalized at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis and is not yet out of the woods. He reports while the boy is not on a ventilator, his vital signs are not always stable. In addition to being treated for a brain bleed, Wilzbach says the boy appears to have earlier rib and clavical fractures.
Stoops initially told police he had tripped over the dog and dropped the baby on its head, but later said the boy may have been injured while the two were playing. The incident occurred while Stoops was home alone with the baby on Sunday afternoon.
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