ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – (UPDATED 4:02 p.m.) Today’s court hearing for the Wentzville man charged with severely abusing his 6-week-old son was postponed, while the hearing for the child’s mom was over in minutes.
Since Robert Burnette now has a public defender, his hearing was moved at her request to Jan. 3.
Megan Hendricks appeared by video. She still does not have an attorney and is due to report back to the judge next week.
Burnette is accused of critically injuring the infant by shoving his fingers down his throat, shaking him, throwing him on a bed and picking him up by the back of the neck because he wouldn’t stop crying.
Hendricks is charged because she allegedly didn’t try to stop the abuse.
Our previous reporting is as follows:
The Wentzville man accused of abusing his six-week-old son and the mother who didn’t stop him, have a court hearing at 9 a.m., Tuesday.
It comes a week after Robert Burnette and Megan Hendricks made their first court appearances via video from the St. Charles County jail.
This morning they’re expected to tell the judge that they have attorneys. Burnette was seeking a public defender. Hendricks was looking to hire one.
During his hearing last week, Burnette told the judge he was seeking psychiatric help while in jail, and told him he has mental health issues that have gone untreated for two years, because he couldn’t afford medication.
Meanwhlie, the Facebook group Justice for Jax will be gathering outside the St Charles County Courthouse. Some members will be in the courtroom for the hearing, trying to be the voice of the infant, they say.
The child is still in critical condition.
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