Jury Finds Child Battery Suspect Guilty

(MT. VERNON, IL) — A Jefferson County Jury on Monday found a 24-year-old Mt. Vernon man guilty of all charges against him in a case charging him with the savage beating of a 3-year-old boy in their care last year, that resulted in severe brain damage and permanent disabilities to the child. Michael Belmont will remain in the Jefferson County Jail while a pre-sentencing investigation is conducted. Belmont is next scheduled to appear in court April 22, at which time Judge Jerry Crisel will impose sentence. Belmont was convicted of Class X felony aggravated battery of a child under the age of 13 resulting in permanent disability, Class 3 felony aggravated battery to a child under the age of 13 causing bodily harm and Class 2 felony aggravated domestic battery. A Class X felony is punishable by between 6 and 30 years in prison, a Class 2 is punishable by between 3 and 7 years in prison, and a Class 3 felony is punishable by between 2 and five years in prison. While Kaysie Belmont, Michael Belmont’s wife testified Friday on behalf of the defense that her husband did not injure the toddler, testimony provided by the Belmont’s son indicated Michael Belmont would spank the toddler using his hands and a belt. Kaysie Belmont entered into a plea agreement earlier this month where multiple charges against her in connection with the toddler’s injuries were dismissed in exchange for her guilty plea go a reduced charge of reckless conduct for not seeking immediate medical care for the toddler. She was sentenced to 30 months probation and was given no jail time for her guilty plea, but agreed to testify honestly against her husband during his trial.