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DECATUR — A Taylorville infant who suffered a fractured skull and other severe injuries after police said he was beaten by his father is now out of the hospital and in protective custody.

Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile said Thursday that he understands the baby was released from the hospital “the latter part of last week.” Hile said he found out Monday the 4-month-old boy had been released.

“We do not know any long-term prognosis for the baby yet,” Hile said.

Police said the infant suffered brain swelling and other severe trauma at the hands of his father, 30-year-old Chad Johnson, on July 6.

The infant was first taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital, then transferred to HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield. 

Johnson appeared in Christian County Circuit Court on July 9 on a charge of aggravated battery causing permanent disability to a child under 13, a Class X felony. Court documents do not show a plea has been entered by Johnson, but his defense counsel has requested a trial date in November.

Hile said the investigation into the baby’s beating was largely complete from the police end.

“For the most part, I think it’s tying up loose ends and things of that nature,” he said.

Johnson remains in Christian County Jail in lieu of $750,000 bond.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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