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Charges against LaGrange man upgraded to abuse or neglect of a child

Marcus Mays
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 21, 2018 8:45 pm Updated: Aug. 21, 2018 9:05 pm

LaGRANGE, Mo. -- Charges have been upgraded against a LaGrange man who was arrested Friday for allegedly endangering the welfare of a 2-year-old child who was hospitalized in Quincy, Ill., with severe injuries.

Lewis County Sheriff David Parrish said Tuesday that Marcus A. Mays, 34, was formally charged this week with abuse or neglect of a child, a Class B felony.

Mays is being held in the Lewis County Jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

Parrish said Mays allegedly caused the child "to suffer serious physical injury to the head" by striking the child numerous times with his hand.

The child was taken Friday to Blessing Hospital in Quincy and listed in critical condition.

A multijurisdictional police investigation into possible child abuse was launched after the LaGrange Police Department received information that a child was taken to the hospital with severe injuries.

The investigation led authorities to Mays.

A search warrant was issued by the Associate Circuit Court in Lewis County, and a search of Mays' residence -- a trailer in LaGrange -- was conducted. Parrish said several items were found related to a possible charge of endangering the welfare of a child, a Class D felony.

In addition, the search uncovered evidence of possible possession of controlled substances, Parrish said.

Mays was later taken into custody in Quincy by the Quincy Police Department, which participated in the investigation along with the LaGrange Police Department, the Lewis County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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