March 23, 2010
Albion, Illinois (The Weekly Vice) - Randall White, a 22-year-old Illinois man pleaded guilty Tuesday to child abuse charges after he admitted to breaking his 7-week old son's limbs and then pinching the child's "gurgle spot" in an attempt to keep the child from crying out.
According to Illinois State Police, the alleged abuse came to light when doctors at Fairfield Memorial Hospital discovered the child's arm was fractured and determined the injuries could not have been self-inflicted.
The child was then transferred to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis where it was discovered the child was also suffering from a broken thigh bone. An extended examination of the child revealed the infant had three healing fractures to both arms and right leg.
Investigators interviewed White who told them he sometimes placed his hand over the boy's mouth to quiet him. He reportedly added that he used his thumb and forefinger to pinch the child's "gurgle spot" to stop him from crying.
After receiving treatment at Cardinal Glennon Hospital, the child was taken into protective custody by Illinois DCF.
On Tuesday, March 23rd, White pleaded guilty to abuse charges - admitting he had broken his son's arm and leg.
The child's mother, Bethany Mendenhall, 20, was also taken into custody when authorities determined she "allowed her son to be placed in the immediate care and supervision" of White, while knowing he had repeatedly injured the child.
White was booked into the White County Jail on two felony counts of aggravated battery of a child. Sentencing in his case has been set for April 30.
Mendenhall was booked on a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment. She is free on a $300 bond pending an April 9th hearing on her case.
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