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Sikeston man gets 22 years for child abuse

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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Michael Dement
BENTON - A Sikeston man will serve more than two decades in prison for physically abusing his four-month-old daughter.

Michael James Dement, 26, was sentenced to 22 years in prison after entering a guilty plea to the class A felony of first degree assault. The charge stems from incidents which occurred in Sikeston between Jan. 27, 2010, and May 26, 2010.

On May 26, 2010, officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety responded to Missouri Delta Medical Center after being notified of an infant with suspicious injuries, including broken bones and bleeding from the mouth. The infant was transferred from Missouri Delta Medical Center to St. Louis Children's Hospital.

An investigation determined the child had multiple broken bones including a fracture to her left clavicle, fracture to her right clavicle, skull fracture, a left mid-shaft humeral fracture, multiple rib fractures, fractures of the femur, along with other fractures and bruises throughout her body, said

Assistant Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Amanda Oesch.

Detective Chris Rataj with Sikeston Department of Public Safety was assigned the investigation.

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