A 25-year-old Central City man is in the Marion County jail charged with child endangerment and his 2-month-old son is in in a St. Louis hospital with a brain bleed.
According to the Central City Police Department, Jeffrey A. Stoops of the 200 block of South Marion in Central City was arrested during an investigation into his infant son being dropped at his home Sunday afternoon.
The baby was initially taken to St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency room in Centralia, but was ultimately
transported to Cardinal Glennon with a brain bleed. It was subsequently discovered that the infant had what appeared to be a healing rib fracture, clavical fracture and other earlier injuries.
Central City police, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, along with the Illinois State Police investigated the case.
Stoopes was reportedly arrested after police were informed that he had asked his landlord for a ride to the Mt. Vernon bus station so he could go to Tennessee.
Central City police, along with Lifestar Ambulance Service responded to the South Marion home at 1:33 p.m. At that time, Stoops initially told police he had tripped over the dog and dropped his infant son on his head, but later said the child may have been injured when they were playing. The incident reportedly happened when Stoops was home alone with the child.
Investigators are waiting additional information from the review team at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, which investigates incidents of death and serious injury to small children.
Stoops remains in the Marion County jail awaiting the setting of bail and the formal filing of charges.