Brown guilty of child endangerment

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wheaton man has sentencing hearing in February

A Barry County jury found a Wheaton man guilty Thursday evening of first-degree felony child endangerment.

The Wheaton Police Department arrested Joshua Tyler Brown after he was suspected of abusing his girlfriend's child several times between Feb. 25 and March 5, 2013, resulting in blistering from second-degree burns on the child's buttocks, a hand mark on the child's thigh and suspected burns on the child's fingers, according to a sworn statement from officer Kenen Martinez to the Barry County Circuit Court on March 7, 2013.

The Barry County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged Brown with one count of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, a class C felony.

It was a highly emotional trial for everybody involved, said Johnnie Cox, Barry County prosecuting attorney.

"Child abuse is a tough subject to deal with during jury trials," he said.

Cox said he was pleased with the verdict, and he believed the victim's family was also pleased. The trial started Dec. 8 with jury selection. The jury returned with a guilty verdict after 8 p.m. Thursday.

Judge Mark Stephens then revoked Brown's $10,000 cash bond, according to court documents. Brown had a bond hearing today. He has a sentencing hearing at 9 a.m. Feb. 11, 2015.

A class C felony carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, one year in Barry County Jail or a fine up to $5,000.

John Lewright, who represented Brown, did not return a call for comment.

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