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Supporters of infant victimized by parents gather outside courthouse for hearing

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Tuesday a St. Charles County couple appeared in court as their six week old baby remains hospitalized. Police say the baby boy's parents are the ones who put him there.

Tuesday morning, a small group gathered outside the courthouse in a show of solidarity for the young boy as his parents faced a judge.

Six-week-old Jax may not have been able to speak up for himself, but the protesters say they want make sure he has a voice.

“I think it's just because I'm a mom and you never and you never want to see or hear stories like this," said organizer Holly Culver.

Many of the protesters came holding signs asking for justice. Culver says this is personal because she's a mom to three little ones.

"We aren't out here to riot. We want this to be a friendly protest and to show that you know Jax does have supporters. He does have people behind him," she said.

Jax's parents, 19-year-old Robert Burnette and 20-year-old Megan Hendricks, are both charged with child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Court documents show Burnette stuck his fingers down the baby's throat to stop him from crying. His mother, Hendricks, watched and did nothing to prevent the abuse.

Doctors also found other injuries on the baby's body.

"I don't really think a lot of mothers could take that. It made a lot of us pretty sick to see and then to hear how bad it really was," said Michelle James, another organizer.

Protesters say want Jax’s parents to be punished for what they did to him, but in the meantime as he continues to fight for his life, the protest is about making sure he knows they are strangers out there speaking for him.

"You do have a voice. You have people behind you," Culver said.

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