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Southern Illinois father jailed amid allegations his one-month-old baby was battered

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DU QUOIN — A Freeman Spur man is in custody in the Williamson County jail after his one-month-old baby was found with life-threatening injuries and taken to a regional hospital for treatment.

Illinois State Police officials announced on Tuesday the arrest of Joseph Matthew Myers, a 23-year-old, on a charge of aggravated battery of a child, a class X felony. 

On August 2, the agency's Division of Criminal Investigation – Zone 7 was requested by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Children and Family Services to lead the investigation into serious injuries received by a one-month-old child at a residence in Freeman Spur, police said.

The child had subsequently been taken to a regional hospital with life-threatening injuries.

After a thorough investigation, Myers, the child’s father, was taken into custody and charged, police said. 

Myers is being held at the Williamson County Jail pending a bond hearing.

The ISP DCI – Zone 7 investigation remains open and ongoing and is being assisted by ISP Crime Scene Services.

No further information is available at this time.


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