A 24-year-old Granite City man was charged Wednesday in connection with breaking his infant son's legs, according to authorities.
Matthew E. Barnett of 601 E. Chain of Rocks Road faces one felony charge of aggravated battery of a child.
Captain T. Mike Dixon with the Madison County Sheriff's Department said investigators responded to a St. Louis area hospital Friday after receiving a call from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services that a 6-month-old child was being treated for non-accidental trauma.
The child had multiple leg fractures and bruising to his body, Dixon said. Investigators from the sheriff's office interviewed the parents of the child, and Dixon said the investigation revealed the child's father identified as Barnett was responsible for fractures to his son's legs.
Police said the injuries reportedly occurred Tuesday afternoon while Barnett was alone with the child. Barnett forcefully tugged at the child's legs while the child was crying, which caused the fractures, according to Dixon. The child was not taken to the hospital until Friday morning.
Dixon said investigators found no evidence linking the mother to the injuries. Barnett was arrested Friday and is being held in Madison County Jail in lieu of $100,000.
The child was placed in protective custody of the DCFS. The child remains in the care of a St. Louis area hospital and is expected to recover from the injuries.