PEORIA —A 17-year-old South Peoria woman was ordered held on $150,000 bond for allegedly allowing her 5-month-old son's leg and rib to be broken.
Stephanie M. Barton appeared in Peoria County Circuit Court on charges of aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery. The alleged injuries to the child could have merited a more serious charge of aggravated battery to a child, which carries a mandatory prison sentence, but state law says a person has to be at least 18 to be charged with that offense.
Barton, of 3015 W. Trewyn Ave., and the boy's father, who is 15, are accused of hurting the child sometime between May, when the boy was born, and this week, said Assistant State's Attorney David Kenny.
The prosecutor said authorities learned of the injuries when the baby was brought to Methodist Medical Center, initially for a complaint of the baby being fussy and crying. When it was apparent that police were going to be called, the father allegedly tried to remove the child from the hospital.
When questioned by the police, both Barton and the father allegedly admitted they had gotten frustrated with the child but were unable to pinpoint a day or time when the alleged injuries could have occurred. Both admitted to squeezing the child, the prosecutor said in open court, but again, couldn't determine when the injuries occurred.
The boy remains at the hospital, where he is undergoing more tests to determine if there are more injuries.
The father was arrested, but what charges he could face or whether he was being held in the county's juvenile detention center wasn't known.