Father arrested in 'worst case' of infant abuse police had ever seen

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WENTZVILLE, MO (KTVI) - A young child clings to life after a horrific case of child abuse in Wentzville. This is likely one of the worst cases of infant abuse that police in Wentzville have ever dealt with. It all began Thursday with a six-week-old doing what babies do, cry.

Police say the infant's father, Robert Burnette, couldn't deal with the crying so he shoved his fingers down the baby's tiny throat. He was trying to reach the boy's larynx to stop the crying.

Police say they got these details from the child's mother, Megan Hendricks, who investigators say stood by and watched and made no attempt to stop the abuse. Investigators got these details from the child's mother, Megan Hendricks.

Court records also state Burnette also threw the baby onto a bed, violently shook him and picked him up by the back of the neck. The abuse happened at the couples apartment in Wentzville. A roommate living with the couple also witnessed the abuse but has not been charged.

The baby, identified only as J.B. is hospitalized at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital with a number of critical injuries, including broken bones, possible liver contusions and bleeding on the brain. Doctors don't expect the child to survive. If he does, he will have severe physical and mental disabilities

Both parents gave been charged with abuse, neglect and causing serious emotional or physical injury. the father is being held on a $500,000 cash only bond. The mother's cash only bond is set at $250,000.

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