A 19-year-old Wood River man charged with two counts of aggravated battery to a child a month ago is still on the run. Alexander C. Brooks is accused of injuring his then 5-month old son last December after doctors discovered multiple fractures when the baby's mother brought him there for an exam.
It is believed Brooks was alone with the baby, at which time he would shake and squeeze the infant, causing the injuries. Police want to bring Brooks into custody to face the Class X felony charges, but so far, he has eluded capture. Wood River Police Chief Otis Steward says they have now enlisted the help of the U.S. Marshal's Service.
Steward says if someone is helping Brooks elude capture, they could also be charged with a host of felonies, including harboring a fugitive and obstructing justice. Brooks' bond was set at $250,000.