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Defendant in baby death posts bond

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Mike DuPre'
January 25, 2008
— The defendant in a fatal child neglect case posted bond Thursday and left the Rock County Jail.

Bond had been reduced earlier in the day for Charles R. Rivers, 34.


He and his girlfriend, April S. Peabody, 26, both of 171 Linn St., Janesville, have been charged with child neglect resulting in death and obstructing in the death of Riverís year-old son, Israel Gordon, on Dec. 8.


Riversí initial cash bond was set at $5,500, but Judge James Daley reduced it to $1,500 cash in a hearing Thursday morning.


Rivers posted the cash bond later in the day.


Peabody has been free on a $2,500 signature bond.


Riversí bond reduction came even as the investigation into Gordonís death continues. Doctors who conducted an autopsy have doubts as to whether Gordonís death was accidental.


Earlier this month, police executed a search warrant at the coupleís apartment so doctors could use a life-size replica of a toddler to re-enact what Rivers said was Gordonís accidental fall into a bathtub.


A forensic pathologist questioned whether the described accident could have caused the fatal injuries, and a pediatric specialist in child injuries and child abuse said that a simple fall into a bathtub would not have created the force required for the injuries that Gordon suffered, according to the affidavit filed to get the search warrant.


The doctors have not yet reported their findings, police said.



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