http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/124...sons-butt.htmlA Waukegan man took a plea deal that kept him out of prison for an incident in which he took a needle and thread to his sonís buttocks.
Randy Swopes, 52, represented himself in court Friday to accept a plea deal that sentenced him to 24 months of probation and 250 hours of public service for the January 2008 incident, according to Assistant Stateís Attorney Danielle Pascucci.
Swopesí son was 14 at the time of the incident. The teenager has Crohnís Disease, which is an autoimmune disorder in which the bodyís immune system destroys healthy tissue, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Swopesí son was suffering from a fistula at the time of the offense. A fistula is an abnormal connection between an organ and another structure.
The teenage boy had a fistula in his butt and his father opted to sew it shut himself rather than take his son to the hospital, Pascucci said. The 14-year-old wound up in the hospital for almost a month because the wound became infected, she said.