EDWARDSVILLE — A Madison County jury convicted a Granite City man Thursday for battering a 7-week-old infant in his care.
Jury selection began Monday afternoon in the case against Kamryn Kerr, 20, who was originally charged by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office on Sept. 10, along with the child’s mother, Ashlee Wethington, 19. Kerr is listed as the baby’s father.
The case went to the jury around 3 p.m. Thursday and, following less than two hours of deliberation, the jury returned a guilty verdict against Kerr.
On Sept. 8, 2014, the Granite City Police Department responded to the Emergency Room at Gateway Regional Medical Center in response to multiple rib fractures on a male infant. Their investigation led to initial charges of one count of aggravated battery to a child, a Class X felony; and one count of endangering the life or health of a child, a Class A misdemeanor, against Kerr and Wethington. After further investigation, including new medical data showing other rib, leg and skull fractures, Kerr and Wethington were indicted on three additional charges of aggravated battery to a child. The misdemeanor was dismissed.
Kerr was convicted of all four counts of aggravated battery to a child, all Class X felonies. The maximum penalty for a Class X felony is six to 30 years in prison, therefore, Kerr is facing 24 to 120 years in prison in which he will be required to serve 85 percent of the sentence. Kerr will remain in custody at the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville pending sentencing by Circuit Judge Kyle Napp. Sentencing will occur following the completion of a pre-sentencing investigation, which usually takes six to eight weeks.
In a press release, Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons thanked assistant state’s attorneys Kathleen Nolan and Crystal Uhe for their work in securing a conviction against Kerr.
“This innocent and helpless child knew only pain and misery at the beginning of his life,” Gibbons said. “I’m grateful that one of the individuals responsible is being held accountable for his deplorable actions. This little boy had a tragic start to his life and my prosecutors will seek a lengthy prison sentence to ensure the defendant isn’t able to hurt another child ever again. Once again, the State’s Attorney’s Office Children’s Justice Division has won an important victory in our fight for justice for all the children of Madison County.”
Gibbons also noted his appreciation to the Granite City Police Department and all of the medical personnel, including those at Gateway Regional Medical Center and Cardinal Glennon, involved in helping to obtain the conviction.
The child remains in foster care while Wethington’s case is pending.