Paxton man sentenced for injuries to son

Paxton man sentenced for injuries to son

PAXTON — A Paxton man will be required to serve 120 days in jail and 30 months of probation for causing serious injuries to his infant son while under the influence of marijuana.

Tyler S. Schwing, 20, whose last known address was in the 300 block of East State Street, received the sentence Thursday in Ford County Circuit Court as part of a plea agreement negotiated between his attorney, Lance Cagle of Paxton, and State's Attorney Matt Fitton.

Schwing pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony. In return for his plea, Judge Kevin Fitzgerald dismissed charges of reckless conduct causing great bodily harm, endangering the life or health of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane said police received a report on Jan. 11 that Schwing's 30-day-old son had been physically abused from Jan. 10-11.

During an interview with police, Schwing admitted that he tripped and dropped the baby onto the side of his crib, according to a probable cause statement filed in court by Paxton police. Police determined that Schwing was under the influence of cannabis at the time of the incident and "failed to notify anyone of the child's injuries," which consisted of nine broken ribs, a bruised lung, fluid between the lung and rib cage, a bump on the head, blood in the brain and a broken left leg, police said.

The infant was taken to Gibson Area Hospital's emergency room and later was transferred to Carle Foundation Hospital's emergency room. The child was released Jan. 20 into the custody of the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services.

In a search of Schwing's home, police found 10 grams of cannabis and several items of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Schwing was ordered to report to the Ford County Jail to start serving his 120-day jail sentence May 5. He will receive credit for two days previously served. He will be allowed to attend counseling at the Community Resource & Counseling Center in Paxton.

According to his sentencing order, Schwing was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and "cooperate fully" with the DCFS.

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