A man accused of scalding his 20-month-old son so badly that all of the child's toes had to be amputated has been charged with two counts of heinous battery to a child.
According to Kane County prosecutors, Barnes scalded the child on Aug. 15 while the child was at Barnes' home. The child suffered third-degree burns from the waist down, and the burns forced doctors to amputate the child's toes, Assistant State's Atty. Lori Schmidt said at Wednesday's bond hearing.
Prosecutors did not disclose additional details surrounding the incident.
After several months of investigation by the Kane County Child Advocacy Center, Barnes was indicted Dec. 1 and taken into custody. He has remained since then in the county jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Other county court documents state that Barnes and the child's mother previously lived together, and they have a 3-year-old daughter. The mother, who lives with the children in Batavia, sought an order of protection against Barnes in 2008, alleging several incidents of violent, abusive behavior.
Barnes had a custody arrangement that allowed him to spend weekends with the son, court records show.