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.