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As a 3-month-old child is recovering from a broken leg and cracked ribs today at Saline Memorial Hospital, a Benton man is jailed for alleged child abuse.
As of press time, 30-year-old Christopher Williams remains in the Saline County jail on a $50,000 sheriff's bond. According to jail staff, Williams could post bond with $5,000.
According to Benton police, officers responded to SMH on Monday for a report of possible child abuse. Williams was then taken to the Benton Police Department for questioning and later charged with felony endangering the welfare of a minor and felony first-degree battery.
"Williams was associated with the infant and it was not a case of a stranger harming the child," Lt. Kevin Russell said. "Williams was apprehended without incident and transported to the Saline County Detention Facility. This is an ongoing investigation and more charges could be forthcoming."
Details of the alleged crime were not released to the media as of press time.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or 315-TIPS (8477). Individuals also may send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text.