2-year-old dies in Joplin child abuse case
Update: On June 2nd, 2020 at 8:13 P.M. the 2-year-old boy, Jameson Long, died at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO while being treated for his injuries. An autopsy will be scheduled for this investigation. The child abuse investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about this case, you are asked to contact the Joplin Police Department at 417-623-3131.
JOPLIN, Mo. – Police arrest a man for child abuse after a 2-year-old is hospitalized in critical condition.
On May 31, 2020, around 9:32 a.m., Joplin Police Officers were sent to the 1900 block of east 8th Street for a 2-year-old boy not conscious and not breathing. Responding officers started life saving measures when they got there. EMS then took the boy to a local hospital. He was later taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri for treatment where he’s currently listed in critical condition.
Investigators arrested Brian O’Grodnick, 22, of Joplin. The Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office has filed four counts of Abuse or Neglect of a Child against O’Grodnick.
According to court documents, on or between April 1 through May 31, 2020, O’Grodnick abused the child. He is not the child’s biological father, according to the Joplin Police Department.
Investigators say at least four of the incidents were discovered on videos on O’Grodnick’s cell phone. Detective Dustin Moyer state in court documents that O’Grodnick admitted to making the videos and performing the abuse against the child after given his Miranda rights. The Probable Cause states “In the videos [the child] is observed to have multiple bruises and scratches on his faces and chin and is crying and shaking.”
Forms of abuse against the child include pinching of the face and shoving, choking the child with one hand while being made to beg for water and punching the child in the face.
No bond has been set for O’Grodnick as of 3:30 p.m., June 1, 2020.