...WENTZVILLE • A Wentzville man shoved his fingers down the throat of his 6-week-old son. He wanted to find the baby's voice box and stop him from crying.
More abuse followed. The baby was thrown onto a bed. Shaken violently. Picked up by the back of his neck.
All while the baby's mother watched and made no effort to get help.
...The boy was still alive on Friday morning but "extremely critical," the prosecutor's office says. He was in protective custody and being treated at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital for, among other things, bleeding on his brain and broken bones. Doctors have told police it's "a likely possibility" the boy will die.
...Hendricks told police she saw Burnette abuse the boy three times, including grabbing the boy by the back of the neck and slamming him into the bed to get him to stop crying, Rosner said.
She saw Burnette stick his fingers into the boy's throat to find his voice box to get him to stop crying, Rosner said.
Hendricks told police she and Burnette were aware of the dangers of shaking a baby because they had both been required to watch a video before leaving the hospital after the baby's birth.
Dr. Linda Shaw told detectives it is a likely possibility the boy will die. If he does survive, there is a high possibility he will have extreme physical and mental disabilities, Rosner said.
Check out the mugs in the article. Lovely young couple. The roughest-looking 20 I've ever seen. I'm 37 and look younger than her!She admitted she lied at the hospital, telling doctors she didn't know how the baby was injured. Police say she never showed emotion during their interrogation. She referred to her son not by his name but by "the kid" or "the baby."