St. Joseph man accused of injuring infant son by shaking him

St. Joseph man accused of injuring infant son by shaking him

URBANA — A St. Joseph man has been charged with aggravated battery to a child for allegedly shaking his own son so hard that the infant suffered a brain injury.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Curt Apperson said William Glowiak, 18, who listed an address in the 500 block of North Main Street, was arrested at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday after being questioned for about two hours Wednesday regarding what happened to his child.

Apperson said emergency responders were called to the apartment of Glowiak and his wife about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday because the 4-month-old child was limp and crying.

The child was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, where doctors determined he had sustained bleeding in the brain. The Department of Children and Family Services and the sheriff's office were called to the hospital.

Apperson said after several interviews, investigators learned that Glowiak was alone with the child, trying to feed him a bottle, when the baby suffered the medical event that caused him to go to the hospial.

"He admits to being frustrated with the child, who was crying. He was holding the baby up under the armpits and eventually shook the child for a short period. He realized what he was doing was wrong and stopped," Apperson said.

The child remains in intensive care at Carle.

Aggravated battery to a child is a Class X felony carrying penalties ranging from six to 30 years in prison upon conviction.

Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel Reynolds told Judge Brett Olmstead that Glowiak had no prior convictions. Olmstead set Glowiak’s bond at $50,000 and told him to be back in court Tuesday for a probable cause hearing. He was ordered to have no contact with the child.


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