LS man pleads not guilty to child abuse

May 15, 2013 

A Lee’s Summit man remains in jail on a $75,000 cash-only bond after pleading not guilty at his arraignment in Jackson County Circuit Court on child abuse charges

Nathaniel J. Bearden, 20, of the 700 block of N.E. Ridgeview Dr. in Lee’s Summit, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment hearing May 7 after being charged with a Class C felony of abuse of a child.

According to a probable cause statement provided by the Jackson County Circuit Court, Lee’s Summit Police were called May 5 to the 700 block of N.E. Ridgeview regarding a disturbance involving Bearden, who was refusing to leave. According to court documents, officers were aware that Bearden had just been issued a trespass warning for the residence. While en route to the address the officer saw the suspect and detained him due to the trespass warning.

The officer then learned of possible child abuse and arrested Bearden and placed a hold on him for the child abuse.

Upon contacting the child’s mother, the officer noticed injuries to the 11-month old baby, which the mother said were caused by Bearden slapping the child in the face for sucking his thumb. When interviewed by police Bearden stated that “he does not allow thumb sucking” so he hit his baby approximately five times in the face. Bearden further stated to the officer that he does not allow much crying either. He also stated that he hit the child with an open hand, first with his right hand then his left hand.

Detectives later informed Bearden that the infant had blood in his eye, and when asked if he had choked the child, Bearden said no, adding that if you hit someone hard enough it can cause blood in their eye.

Bearden remains in jail on a $75,000 cash-only bond.

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