An Edwardsville man accused of breaking the arm of his girlfriend's 4-year-old son was taken into police custody Wednesday morning, as was the girlfriend, who is accused of telling her child to lie about it.
Edwardsville Police Chief James Bedell said Michael K. Cook, 28, and Elizabeth L. Linton, 23, were taken into custody Wednesday morning at their residence at 218 Fourth Ave.
Cook was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery of a child for allegedly twisting the arm of Linton's son until it broke.
Linton was charged Tuesday with obstructing justice for allegedly inducing the child to tell medical personnel and other authorities that his injuries were caused by a fall down a stairway.
"These injuries were inflicted by the male adult, Cook, who resides in the home, but is not the youth's father, while purportedly disciplining the child," Bedell said. "The youth's mother, Linton, who accompanied the youth to be treated, informed health care workers that her son fell down the stairs and had sustained the injuries. She also told her son to tell the health care workers the same story."
Sgt. Dennis Gunderson confirmed that the boy's injuries "are not life-threatening" and that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is involved. There were other children in the home, he said, but they have been removed pending the investigation.
Police asked that anyone with information on the case call Gunderson or Detective Michael Lybarger at 656-2131.
Bail for Cook was set at $150,000, while bail for Linton was set at $15,000.
The charge against Cook carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. The charge against Linton carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison.