Father Charged For Allegedly Breaking 6-Month-Old Son’s Legs

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GRANITE CITY, IL (KTVI)– A Granite City man is charged after allegedly breaking his 6-month-old son’s legs.

Matthew Barnett, 24, was charged with Aggravated Battery of a Child.

According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, police were advised by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (D.C.F.S.) that a 6-month-old child was being treated 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.   Investigators met with and interviewed the parents of the child.   The investigation revealed that the child’s father, Matthew E. Barnett, was responsible for fractures to his son’s legs.  The injuries reportedly occurred during the afternoon hours of Tuesday, March 12, 2013, while Barnett was alone with the child.   The investigation revealed 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 hours of March 15, 2013, where the injuries were discovered.  Investigators found no evidence linking the mother to the injuries.

Barnett was taken into custody.

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.

Bond was set at $100,000.00