Cordova man pleads innocent to charge of aggravated battery of a child


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Posted Online: Nov. 20, 2012, 9:52 pm
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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com
After a 4-month-old boy sustained two skull fractures on Nov. 5, his father told police he dropped the baby onto an infant chair, a Rock Island County Sheriff's Department detective testified on Tuesday.

John Harold Hager Jr., 30, of 1108 3rd St., Cordova, pleaded innocent to a charge of aggravated battery of a child.

The baby is doing well after sustaining two skull fractures, Detective Mindy Meyers testified during a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

She said police were dispatched to Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus on Nov. 6, after emergency room doctors did X-rays on the baby and determined he had sustained a skull fracture.

Mr. Hager, who was alone with the child before his hospitalization, initially told officers he had been cooking dinner when a cat hopped onto the back of his son's bouncy seat, "catapulting" the infant out of the chair and causing him to hit his head on a metal threshold on the floor, Detective Meyers said.

Emergency room doctors said Mr. Hager's story was inconsistent with the baby's injuries, the detective said, adding that upon further questioning,Mr. Hager said the baby had fallen on a stairwell.

Several days later, Mr. Hager told police that on the night of the incident, he was frustrated and dropped his son in the direction of a bouncy chair and the baby hit his head on the floor, Detective Meyers testified.

She said a young child in the home at the time told police he saw an overturned bouncy chair, heard the baby crying and Mr. Hager saying, "I'll give you something to cry about."

Subsequent medical reviews concluded the skull fractures may have been the result of the baby being dropped from a height of four to five feet or from the impact of hitting a broad surface, such as a floor, the detective testified.

Mr. Hager remained in the Rock Island County Jail on Tuesday afternoon on a $100,000 bond. He is scheduled for a Dec. 20 pretrial conference.

















 




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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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