DECATUR — Ryan E. Schroat, 25, entered a not guilty plea Tuesday to charges of aggravated battery to a child and aggravated domestic battery for allegedly attacking a 5-year-old boy with his fists and knee, causing a fractured hip and numerous bruises.
Schroat — who is listed as 5-foot-8, 200 pounds, on a court document — was arrested April 18 after the boy’s injuries were diagnosed by pediatrician at a children’s hospital.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services first reported to Decatur police that the boy was injured Feb. 18, according to an affidavit by detective Erik Ethell. At that time, officers observed bruising around the boy’s left eye and on his left cheek.
A follow-up visit was made to the boy’s home by DCFS on April 10. The DCFS worker then “observed new bruising to (the victim’s) hips, lower back, buttocks and right foot,” Ethell wrote in his report. DCFS again reported the injuries to Decatur police.
The boy was then examined at a local hospital and subsequently transferred to St. Francis Children’s Hospital in Peoria. A pediatrician reported the child had numerous injuries, including a fractured left pelvis, bruising across his lower back and bruises on his neck, left thigh, inner forearm and left hand.
The boy’s mother and Schroat, who lived with the family, both had reported that injuries occurred because the boy fell off the bed, possibly striking the metal bed frame.
“Neither (the victim’s mother) or Ryan actually observed this fall,” the affidavit says.
During an interview at the Macon County Child Advocacy Center, the child reported that in a past incident Schroat “punched me really hard giving me a black eye.”
The child said Schroat “kneed” him in the back and in the side, while Schroat held his arm over his mouth. The boy pointed to his left pelvis area to signify the side injury.
He said Schroat hit him in the back with his knee on three different occasions. The child said his mother was in the room when Schroat kneed him and she told Schroat to put him down.
Schroat denied all allegations. The child’s mother denied knowing anything about the abuse. Schroat is being held in the Macon County Jail on $250,000 bond, pending a pretrial hearing June 20.