Metro East man charged with breaking 6-month-old's legs

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 18 at 5:24 PM

(KMOV.com) – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office charged a Granite City man with aggravated battery of a child Monday.

The charges came after the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services informed deputies that a six-month-old child was being treaded for non-accidental trauma at a St. Louis area hospital.

Investigators determined the child was being treated for multiple leg fractures and bruising to his body.

After interviewing the parents, the investigation revealed that the child’s father, 24-year-old Matthew Barnett was responsible for fractures to his son’s legs. The injuries reportedly occurred during the afternoon of March 12 while barnett was alone with the child.

Police say Barnett forcefully tugged at the child’s legs while the child was crying, which caused the fractures.

The child was not taken to the hospital until the early morning of March 15 where the injuries were discovered.

There was no evidence that linking the mother to the injuries.
Barnett was taken into custody during the early morning hours of March 15 and was held on $100,000 bond.

The child was placed in protective custody by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service. The child remains in the care of a St. Louis area hospital and is expected to recover from the injuries.

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