Centralia man posts bail in child abuse case
CENTRALIA - The Centralia Police Department said Saturday Joel David Conyers posted bail after being arrested on suspicions of child abuse and child endangerment.
A probable cause statement released by Centralia police said he will face one count of felony first-degree child endangerment and one count of felony child abuse.
The report said Conyers allegedly grabbed his 7-year-old son by the throat and slammed him into a wall in the family's home, leaving a large, hand-shaped bruise on the child's neck. The boy allegedly struck the wall hard enough to break through the drywall and knock a hung picture off the wall which then fell onto the boy's head.
The report said the boy's 5-year old sister provided an account of the incident. The boy's step-mother claimed Conyers grabbed the child by the shoulders, but she couldn't account for the neck bruising.
Both children described another event in which Conyers allegedly sat on his son's head for several minutes while yelling at him as punishment. The boy reported difficulty breathing during the incident, but also said Conyers allowed him to move his head after several minutes, making it easier to breath.
Conyers' bond was set at $50,000 at the Boone County Jail, but jail officials said Conyers posted bond.
The mother of the children provided KOMU with a statement in which she said the children are staying with her. She added that Conyers' bond conditions don't allow him to contact her or the children.
(Editor's note: this story has been edited to clarify the mother of the children and add her statement.)