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Jackson man charged with child endangerment after baby suffers broken clavicle

Friday, May 4, 2012

A Jackson man was being held in the Cape Girardeau County Jail on a charge of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child Thursday after police responded to a report of an injured infant being treated at Saint Francis Medical Center.

Jeromy Lee McClanahand, 20, was being held on $25,000 bond Thursday, Jackson police said in a news release.

According to a probable-cause statement by Lt. Rodney Barnes, the 2-month-old child was taken to the hospital Monday with a fever and an exam showed she had a broken clavicle. A doctor said the injury had happened within the past week.

According to the statement, Children's Division investigator Carrie Patrick said the child's mother had given conflicting accounts of how the injury happened. Patrick also said McClanahand abruptly left the hospital when he found out a Children's Division investigator had been contacted. McClanahand had been living with the child's mother since February.

The mother said that three days before she took the infant to the hospital, she had been in the shower while McClanahand was watching her child when she heard the baby screaming. The infant continued to cry for several days, causing the mother to take her to the hospital, the statement said.

According to the statement, McClanahand, who is awaiting charges in Madison County, Mo., on domestic assault, child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, had told the mother not to tell authorities he had been in the home. He also allegedly told her to make up stories about the injuries. The mother said McClanahand had been violent in the past, the statement said.

McClanahand hadn't yet obtained a lawyer Thursday afternoon.

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Another innocent child pays for bad choices made by a parent.

-- Posted by Bickiestew on Thu, May 3, 2012, at 2:02 PM

This guy sounds like a real piece of work. Child abuse in at least two counties, a real he-man.

-- Posted by malan on Thu, May 3, 2012, at 3:12 PM

ok it's may now. the child is two months old. the father has been living with the mother since february. and there's no mention about this guy being the child's father. let's hope the mom will put her romance pursuits on hold for awhile and when the time comes be a little more selective.

-- Posted by TommyStix on Thu, May 3, 2012, at 3:47 PM

What will prevent the mother from making another stupid decision -- leaving a precious baby in the care of a dude like that -- even in the next room? Next thing he'll shake the baby leaving her with brain damage for the rest of her life. Shouldn't this mother be closely monitored to make sure she's a fit parent?

-- Posted by amazedinMO on Thu, May 3, 2012, at 9:26 PM

this mother should have really KNOWN this man before she moved him into her house! Anymore it appears that women want to be in a relationship so badly that they jump into something without knowing anything at all. Her first clue should have been the charges he already had pending

-- Posted by recovr1959 on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 6:35 AM

How enlightening to hear the sever condemnation of the mother. When she obviously had no clue he had done anything to the child, but did follow through when she realized something was wrong and took action. How funny that I am not reading the condemnation towards the man, who folks seem to think his slinking off to avoid his pennence is more important.

How quick we are to throw stones......

-- Posted by Mudflopper on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 9:00 AM

A lot of these young mothers today just don't realize what responsbility is all about. She should have known about the previous criminal charge against this guy in Madison County but what does she do take him right in and her little one becomes the second victim of this dangerous person. Some of these young people need to wake up lay the cell phones down and start becoming responsible adults.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 9:49 AM

This makes me sick to my stomach. Literally sick to my stomach. Just the thought of hearing this baby start to scream because this brute has hurt her so badly. What could she possibly have done that he would feel the need to break her bones?

I might feel softer toward the mother had the article not stated that McClanahand had been abusive in the past. Yes, this girl does need to be monitored, but she also needs to be educated and perhaps have help from a mental health professional. How sad and sickening that a woman feels so badly about herself that she will choose to have a man like this in her life instead of no man at all. Girls, it is better to be alone than to be with one who abuses you and worse, your children.

This has just ruined my day. Thanks for the graphic picture in my head Mr. Missourian. I doubt it will ever go away.

-- Posted by Maxine_the_Magnificent on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 10:07 AM

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