Delavan man charged with felony child abuse

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Ted Sullivan
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
— A Delavan man accused of causing bruises to his 4-month-old babyís face could go to prison for six years on a felony charge of physical abuse of a child.

Jeremiah J. Stillwell, 22, of 511 Autumn Drive, No. 202, is scheduled to next appear in Walworth County Court on May 10. The court has entered a not guilty plea for Stillwell.

According to the criminal complaint:

The babyís mother told investigators March 19 she had gone to get food from a restaurant. When she returned, Stillwell asked her to look at the infantís face.

The two thought the child might have been having an allergic reaction. They took the baby to the emergency room at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn.

The hospital made a report of child abuse to the Delavan Police Department and Walworth County Department of Human Services.

Investigators saw several bruises on the babyís face.

The mother denied hurting her child.

Stillwell initially denied knowing how the infant got hurt. He then admitted that he caused the bruises because he got frustrated when the baby was crying.

Stillwell admitted he took his hand and covered and squeezed the childís face while she was in her crib. He said he wanted to stop her from crying.

Stillwell was arrested and ordered held in the Walworth County Jail on $20,000 cash bond.

Last updated: 1:24 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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