MVPD Make Arrests In Child Abuse Case

(MT. VERNON, IL) —  The Mt. Vernon Police Department have taken two local residents into custody after receiving a report of possible child abuse involving an infant on Thursday April 20th of this year. On Friday, the parents of the child, 18 year old Tyrone EJ Steele and 20 year old Abagail C Adkins, were taken into custody on charges of Aggravated Battery of a Child, under 13 years of age, Causing Great Bodily Harm. Bond has been set at $250,000 with 10% applying for each. Both remain incarcerated in the Jefferson County Justice Center. The call came from a nurse at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St Louis Missouri where the child was a patient. An officer with the Mt Vernon Police Department initiated a report on the allegation and an investigation began. Detectives with the Mt Vernon Police Department and investigators with the Department of Children and Family Services continued the investigation. The child has since been released from the hospital. Both Steele and Adkins are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.