A Granite City man is accused of breaking his six-month-old baby's legs. 24-year-old Matthew Barnett (pictured) is being held in the Madison County Jail on a 100-thousand-dollar bond. The alleged incident happened last Tuesday afternoon, but the baby wasn't taken to the hospital until the early morning hours last Friday.
It was there that hospital staff reported treating the child for non-accidental trauma. The Madison County Sheriff's Department was contacted, and charges were brought against Barnett on Monday. Captain Mike Dixon says it does not appear the mother knew of the alleged battery.
The child remains hospitalized with multiple fractures, and will later be placed in protective custody.