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Stivers Appears in Courtroom at Christian County Courthouse

22 year-old Robert A. Stivers of Pana appeared in a courtroom at the Christian County Courthouse on Thursday morning. The State filed a charge of Aggravated Battery to a Child under the age of 13, which is a Class X felony. It was last Friday at 10:52 p.m. that Stivers’ four month old child was airlifted from Pana Community Hospital to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. The infant passed away in the early morning hours on Monday.

Havera further stated that he hasn’t received any reports and results of the autopsy yet, though charges are pending once the results come in.


Associate Judge Brad T. Paisley announced the possible penalties for the charge which include 6-30 years in prison and is non-probationable. Followed by the sentence, is four years of mandatory supervised release. Stivers must serve 85% of that sentence. Following the announcement of the charge, Stivers requested the Public Defender, as Greg Grigsby will represent Stivers.


Paisley mentioned that bond is set at $1 million and that Stivers would have to pay ten percent of the bond to be released which is $100,000. Stivers first appearance is set for Friday morning at 10 a.m. at the Christian County Courthouse. Other cases that Stivers has will also be pulled to Friday.


Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for the latest updates and information regarding the case. 

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