Christian County State’s Attorney Michael Havera told Regional Radio News today (Tuesday) that the 4 month old infant that was reported to be in critical condition in Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis passed away Monday morning. Havera also stated that an autopsy will be conducted and more charges are pending following the autopsy report. At this time, the State is still persistent in the Aggravated Battery to a Child under the Age of 13 charge against 22 year-old Robert A. Stivers of Pana.
The Pana Police Department issued a statement that on early Saturday morning at 3:10 a.m., they received a call from Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri in reference to a four month old child. At the time, the child was being treated after being airlifted from the Pana Community Hospital around 10:52 p.m. on Friday. The Pana Police Department further stated that the child had obvious signs of bruising, healing fractured ribs, and swelling on the brain.
An investigation was launched by the Pana Police Department and the Illinois State Police Zone 4 Investigations, in coordination with the Christian County State’s Attorney’s office, the Department of Children and Family Services, and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. ISP Special Agents from Zone 4 and Zone 6 out of Collinsville conducted interviews with the parents at the hospital.
Stivers was taken into custody for the offense of Aggravated Battery to a Child under 13 years of age, as a result of an arrest warrant that was issued by Havera. Stivers was transported to the St. Louis County Correctional Center, and is being held on one-million dollar bond pending an extradition hearing. He will be returned to Christian County. The case remains under investigation at this time.
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