Garrison enters plea on 1st Degree Child Abuse
Update 10/20: According to court records, Garrsion is sentenced to three years in prison.
Updated 8/24: According to the court records, Garrison entered a plea of guilty on the Class C felony of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the 1st Degree. The defendant also requests a sentencing assessment report. The report shall be returnable on October 5, 2015, and Sentencing will on October 19, 2015 at 9 AM. The court defered the acceptance or rejection of the plea agreement.
Updated March 12, 2015: Garrison appeared in court today and waived his preliminary hearing. He is charged with first degree child abuse.
Joplin, MO – On October 15, 2014 at approximately 10:05 PM, the Joplin Police Department received a call for a two-month-old child that had been brought into Freeman West Emergency Room. The infant had sustained serious physical injuries consistent with physical abuse. The mother of the child along with the boyfriend transported the child to Freeman West. The victim was later transported to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO and is currently listed in stable condition.
It was later determined that the infant sustained the injuries at 1318 S. Pearl in Joplin. It was determined that while Thaddeus Garrison was caring for the infant, he bit the child on his legs and the trauma was severe enough to break the skin of the child. At some point while the child was in the sole custody and care of Mr.Garrison, the child received an injury sufficient to cause the cessation of breathing. The Mr. Garrison did not seek medical treatment for the child until the mother of the child returned home.
Thaddeus M. Garrison, a 19 year old male from Joplin who is the boyfriend of the infant child’s mother, has been arrested for 1st Degree Child Abuse and is currently in the Joplin City Jail. This investigation is still on-going.