Man gets probation for biting infant son

Man gets probation for biting infant son

URBANA — A father who admitted he bit his crying infant son out of frustration has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Bradley Janes, 27, who listed an address in the 1000 block of Crestwood Drive, Urbana, pleaded guilty Friday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to a single count of domestic battery, a misdemeanor.

More serious charges of aggravated battery of a child were dismissed by Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett.

Bennett said in August and September 2013, Janes watched his then 2-month infant son while his wife worked an overnight shift as a nurse.

Janes admitted he was having trouble getting the baby to sleep. He became disturbed by the child's crying, lashed out and bit the boy's arm, Bennett said.

The bite did not break the skin, and Janes admitted to his wife what he had done. He began counseling for his act and eventually admitted to his therapist that he had bitten his son.

The therapist reported the activity to Urbana police and in January 2014, Janes voluntarily came to the police department and gave investigators a "candid account of biting his child," Bennett said.

As part of his sentence, Janes was ordered to continue to comply with court orders in a separate case involving the abuse.

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