Bench Trial to be Held for Mt. Vernon Man and Woman Accused of Battery to an Infant

Bench Trial to be Held for Mt. Vernon Man and Woman Accused of Battery to an Infant

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A Mt. Vernon man and woman accused of battery to an infant will be tried by a judge Monday in a Jefferson County bench trial.

Judge Jerry Crisel will hear the case against 21-year-old Abagail Adkins and 20-year-old Tyrone “EJ” Steele.

The two are each charged with Class X felony aggravated battery of a child under the age of 13 causing great bodily harm.

The charges stem from a report received by MVPD back on April 20 from Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

A nurse at the hospital reported an allegation of abuse and detectives from the Mt. Vernon Police Department and Department of Children and Family Services Investigators continued the investigation.

Both defense and prosecution attorneys agreed Thursday in court that they’re prepared for Monday’s bench trial.