New information surfaced Wednesday in court about the injuries of two children a 29-year-old Lawrence man is charged with beating in September.
Amy McGowan, a chief assistant Douglas County district attorney, told a judge the 6-year-old child in the case was allegedly choked. The defendant, Bradley W. Ford, is accused of beating the 6-year-old child on Sept. 22 and two days later beating an infant who was 6 weeks old at the time at Ford’s home in the 200 block of Pinecone Drive, southeast of 19th Street and Haskell Avenue. He’s also accused of injuring the infant on Sept. 20.
Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone was considering a request from defense attorney Elbridge Griffy to lower Ford’s $100,000 bond. Griffy said Ford would agree to live with his parents in Osage City and have no contact with children if released while charges are pending.
Officials also have said the 6-week-old baby had broken bones.
Ford faces two child abuse charges, and he faces an aggravated battery charge stemming from an allegation he “caused great bodily harm” to the infant on Sept. 20.
McGowan also told Malone the infant is Ford’s child. She said Ford was not the father of the 6-year-old child, but the two children have the same mother.
Malone denied the defense’s request on the bond reduction but said Griffy could bring the request up again later. Prosecutors are expected to present evidence at a preliminary hearing 9 a.m. Oct. 22.