Pana Police Department arrests 1 in connection with injured infant

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PANA - The Pana Police Department says one person has been arrested in connection with an alleged battery to a four-month-old child.

Pana Police say they received a call from Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital at about 3:10 a.m. on February 6 regarding a four-month-old child that had been airlifted to the facility from Pana Community Hospital.  Police say the hospital reported that the child had obvious signs of bruising, healing-fractured ribs, and swelling on the brain.

After receiving this information, the Pana Police Department began an investigation with the Illinois State Police, Christian County State's Attorney's Office, Department of Children and Family Services, and Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.  During the investigation, Pana police say interviews with the child's parents were conducted.

Pana police also say the father of the child, identified as Robert Stivers, 22, was taken into custody as a result of the investigation into this incident.  Stivers originally faced a preliminary charge of aggravated battery to a child under the age of 13.  However, Pana police say they received information that the child passed away during the early morning hours of February 8.

Authorities say an autopsy is planned, and that additional information from the Christian County State's Attorney's Office may be released, pending autopsy results.

Stivers is currently being held on $1 million bond.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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