Dupo area man accused of abusing girlfriend's son

News-DemocratFebruary 26, 2014 

A Dupo area man faces child abuse charges after his girlfriend's 1-year-old son was found with burns on his neck and bruises on his body.

Joshua S. Weigel, 24, was charged with felony aggravated battery to a child and child abuse.

Weigel lives in the 400 block of McBride Avenue in unincorporated Dupo. He was being held Wednesday in the St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail set by St. Clair County Judge Ellen Dauber.

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department began investigating Feb. 20 when the toddler's father reported the unexplainable burns and bruises to the police.

The toddler underwent a medical exam and the hospital contacted the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, according to the Sheriff's Department.

The child was last known to be in the care of his mother and her boyfriend, Weigel.