Monday, January 27, 2014

Dad charged with aggravated battery for assaulting 1-year-old child (McDonough County, Illinois)

Dad is identified as TRAVIS S. HAMMOND. And once again, no mention of a mother in the home. Was there one?

Father arrested for aggravated battery, endangering life of his 1-year-old child

By Jackie Smith Posted Jan. 24, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

BUSHNELL — A week after McDonough County Sheriff's detectives were dispatched to a report of an infant with "serious, suspicious" head injuries the child's father has been arrested in connection to the incident.

Detectives responded to the call of the seriously injured 1-year-old, Jan. 16, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. The infant was later airlifted to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Travis S. Hammond, 37, of rural Bushnell was arrested on Thursday after a joint investigation with the sheriff's office and the state Department of Child and Family Services.

He was charged with aggravated battery to a child and endangering the life/health of a child. He was taken into custody in Peoria and transported to McDonough County Jail.

Hammond appeared in court on Friday. His bond was set at $250,0000 with 10 percent to apply.

As of Friday afternoon, the infant remained a patient at OSF in Peoria.