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Probable cause found against Hannibal man accused of injuring infant

Cody Adkerson
Posted: Apr. 23, 2019 5:00 pm Updated: Apr. 23, 2019 5:31 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Probable cause was found against a Hannibal man accused of causing multiple injuries to an infant, including a skull fracture.

Court records show that Cody J. Adkerson appeared Monday in Marion County Circuit Court, where Judge John Jackson found there was enough evidence to find probable cause.

Jackson also denied a motion for a bond reduction. Arraignment has been set for May 6.

Adkerson, 22, formerly of West Plains, was arrested April 9 and faces three counts of abuse or neglect of a child.

A probable cause statement filed in the case said an investigator with the Missouri Department of Social Services' Children's Division reported April 2 that a 10-week-old boy was airlifted to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of a skull fracture and two old brain bleeds. The infant also had a healing arm fracture.

The child is expected to recover.

The statement said Adkerson visited the Hannibal Police Department for an interview with Sgt. Jennifer Grote. The injuries and how they could possibly occur were explained to Adkerson, who reportedly said that he was watching the infant, who was about 2 weeks old, when he became "frustrated and overwhelmed and shook" the infant.

Police said Adkerson also said that when the infant was about 1 month old, he jerked his right arm up while getting him out of a car seat.

Adkerson also reportedly told police that on March 25, the infant started to cry and scream at home, and as Adkerson was running through a bedroom doorway with the infant in his left arm, the back of the infant's head struck the door frame.

Adkerson is being held in the Marion County Jail on $100,000 cash-only bond.

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