Mexico man convicted of abusing, endangering child

8 months 1 day 2 hours ago May 17, 2016 May 17, 2016 Tuesday, May 17 2016 Tuesday, May 17, 2016 5:41:00 PM CDT in News
By: Danielle Katz, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

MEXICO - An Audrain County jury convicted a man Tuesday of severely injuring a 3-month-old infant in 2014 in Mexico.

According to Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Shellabarger, Monte Ashcraft, 32, of Mexico was convicted Tuesday of child abuse with serious physical injury and endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree between March and May 2014.

“Thanks to this jury’s decision, which I commend them for, a clear message has been sent to abusers: we will find you, we will thoroughly investigate your case, and you will be prosecuted fully, fairly and without hesitation,” Shellabarger said. “Fortunately, this child is now in a safe home with a loving, caring family and is protected from being hurt from Mr. Ashcraft ever again.”

Shellabarger said Ashcraft did not feed the baby an adequate amount of formula, essentially starving him into malnutrition. He said Ashcraft also caused three rib fractures and a complete break of the baby’s forearm.

"He looked to blame others for his actions, and took no responsibility, always looking for someone or something to blame for his abusive, painful actions, which caused this baby to suffer excruciating pain from broken ribs and broken forearm,” Shellabarger said.

Sentencing will be held July 22 at the Courthouse in Mexico.

The baby, now 2 1/2 years old, has fully recovered from his injuries, according to Shellabarger.

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