Infant allegedly beaten by father released from hospital

Taylorville man to be charged following infant's injury. (WICS)

Update:

The infant that was injured is now out of the hospital and in the custody of DCFS.

The child's long-term prognosis is still uncertain and the Taylorville police chief said only time will tell.

Chad Johnson is still in jail, facing charges of aggravated battery to a child, a Class X felony and violating an order of protection.

His pre-trial has been set for Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. A jury trial has been set for Nov. 5 at 8:30 a.m.

Original:

Taylorville Fire Department and the Taylorville Police Department responded to the 100 block of East Main Cross for an unresponsive infant Friday, July 6 at 10:32 a.m.

Upon arrival, the Taylorville Fire Department transported the infant to Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

The infant was later transported to HSHS St. John's in Springfield.

The father of the infant, Chad Johnson, 30, of Taylorville, was taken into custody for violation of an order of protection, as well as an outstanding warrant for larceny.

During the investigation, a two-year-old child was taken into protective custody.

The infant is currently still at HSHS St. John's Hospital.

Johnson will be charged later Monday afternoon for aggravated battery to a child, according to police.

The investigation is still ongoing by the Taylorville PD, Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Christian County State's Attorney's Office.

Anyone with more information on this incident is urged to contact the Taylorville PD or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-568-TIPS.



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