A local foster parent faces a child abuse charge in Greene County after a grand jury indicted him for allegedly shaking and striking an infant in his care.
According to online court records, John D. Grant, 34, of Bolivar is charged with class B felony abuse or neglect of a child — serious emotional or physical injury in Greene County Circuit Court. He was indicted by a grand jury in August and arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
The same day, he pleaded not guilty during his initial arraignment. He was released on $25,000 bond.
The prosecuting attorney’s bond recommendation said Grant “repeatedly struck and shook his foster child, a three-month-old infant.”
The infant boy became unresponsive, suffering several injuries, including “subdural hematoma, retinal hemorrhages, respiratory distress and seizures as a result of the head trauma,” the recommendation said. He was hospitalized for eight days.
The recommendation said Grant admitted to his wife he was frustrated with the infant “because he would not stop crying,” so he hit him in the back of the head “a few times” and shook him on two separate occasions.
“He further disclosed that he had punched and kicked his adopted children,” the recommendation said.
According to the indictment, the infant was injured sometime between Jan. 10 and Jan. 16 in Greene County.
If convicted, Grant faces a minimum of five years in prison without the eligibility of probation or parole.